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The old boat thing... disease or gene?
I just did a little research to make sure you were who I thought you were. Yes ! That's really cool. I got a lot of inspiration from you. I heard you on Furled Sails a few years back, or whenever it was. I listened to that podcast several times, and got your book too. I felt like I had pretty much the same desease as you. That's ok though, I don't really want to be cured from this desease.
Yep, sorry about that. Guilty as charged. I'm glad you liked the Furled Sails podcast, that was a lot of fun. I really need to get in touch with them again about my new book, which has finally been released... a big relief, I was afraid the project would get shelved.
It just kills me to see a good boat fall to ruin from lack of simple care. While it certainly is a disease, perhaps it can also be thought of as a "gene." I remember when I was 13 years old and living in Malaysia. There was a derelict wooden boat that was beached... a true ruin. I was so interested in the thing that I actually took a photo. It was probably made of teak. (Not sure if could find the photo or not.)
So what makes one interested in old, junked boats at age 13? Maybe it's a genetic marker that shows your likelihood of contracting the restoration sickness at a later date.
But hey, we've all gotta go sometime. My wife has learned that it's best not to fight it, bless her soul, even though she really doesn't care much for sailing at all.
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