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11-04-2013 12:04 PM
captain jack
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

well, check that out. this boat may have lead me to a cruising sailboat, after all. I called about that boat that Denise posted about. it's an o'day 22 and it sounds really nice. I may go see it this weekend. one thing leads to another and you can never tell where a course will lead you.
11-03-2013 11:53 PM
captain jack
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

I wrote him to notify him of my decision. this is what I wrote:

"ok. i have come to a decision. this has been a hard decision for me. that was once a really nice sailboat. it even had roller reefing for the main sail. I wish my holiday 20 had a mast and boom like that! i really wanted to rescue it. i went to look at it, again. since you said i could take it whenever i wanted, i didn't figure you would mind me looking at it, again. i saw a lot more clearly, this time. besides he barnacles that are all over the outside and inside, which i might never fully rid the interior of, i discovered many places where there is fiberglass delamination; soft spongy areas on the deck. that's not good. as it urns out, the balsa core has actually turned to dirt, in some areas. if it can be fixed, it entails removing the top layer of glass, replacing the core, and epoxying the top layer of glass back on. it's just way too much. the cost and time to do it would be unreal. If I took it, i'd just end up wasting a lot of time and money. it's unsafe as it is and I can't fix it.

when you are cutting it up, if you can keep from damaging the mast, boom, stays ( wires that support the mast ), and mast step ( the piece that attaches the mast to the deck ), i'd love to have them. just let me know and I will come down to pick them up. if you have the jib sail, i'd take that, too. whatever you do, don't pay the landfill to get rid of these parts. at least ebay them. they are nice and someone should use them. I do see masts and booms on ebay, frequently. if I could have taken them today, I would have. anyhow, let me know about that.

one piece of advice, a keelboat usually has a keel that is made of led, at least partially. probably almost a thousand pounds of it, in a boat that size. sell it to a salvage yard. it would probably pay the landfill costs for the rest and might even give you a bit of pay for your work.

I appreciate you working with me, the last few days, to try to rescue that boat. I love sailboats and it hurts to see one destroyed. I just can't save that one, no matter how much I want to.

you had said I could take the parts I wanted before you demo the boat so I did that today. they will be put to good use on my holiday 20.

I was talking to your aunt's son while I was there. he was telling me how many times, and how long, it had been under water. that does explain all the barnacles and the delamination. when you and I were talking, I hadn't understood just how much it had been under water. he said it was nice when it first came there and that your aunt has been wanting it gone for years. I really wish i'd have known about it back then. i'd have loved to have had it and would gladly have taken it off her hands.

anyhow, good luck and let me know about the mast, boom, stays, and mast step.

thanks again"

I really hope he gives me the spars. I am sure I could make them work on my holiday, with a little work. it doesn't have reef points, at present, but I could have them put in the sail and a roller reefing main would be awesome. then I just need to get a roller furler for the jib. actually, I could make one.

so that is that and this thread is all wrapped up.
11-03-2013 10:20 PM
captain jack
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

Quote:
Originally Posted by tschmidty View Post
I am going to say 'score' on the free bits you were able to salvage. Those are the bits that can add up if you get a boat that needs rigging replaced or other things missing or that you want to add. Good luck you'll find another boat to love soon enough.
yeah. I agree. I am happy with the things I got. the holiday never had rails and walking to the bow to lash down the jib, when the wind gets hard enough to sail under main alone has always been a bit dicey, really. you don't think about it, at the moment, though.

the blocks I got are better than the ones on the holiday. upgrade.

so, I will get use out of the stuff.
11-03-2013 10:10 PM
captain jack
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

will do. we will see what comes of this boat Denise found on craigslist.
11-03-2013 10:05 PM
tschmidty
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

I am going to say 'score' on the free bits you were able to salvage. Those are the bits that can add up if you get a boat that needs rigging replaced or other things missing or that you want to add. Good luck you'll find another boat to love soon enough.
11-03-2013 09:51 PM
manatee
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

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Originally Posted by captain jack View Post
thanks Gary. it's been nice 'meeting' you.
Thanks, good meeting you too. Keep us posted on your quest.
11-03-2013 09:31 PM
captain jack
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

thanks Gary. it's been nice 'meeting' you.
11-03-2013 09:25 PM
manatee
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

Well done, Jack. I think you chose wisely. Now you can fix your trailer, sail your boat on fair days, recondition your salvaged treasures on foul days, and look forward to the future.

Best of luck,
Gary
11-03-2013 09:23 PM
captain jack
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

it was. and i'm going sailing in the inner harbor tomorrow.

it's been a learning experience. because of this free boat and thanks to you guys I have learned a lot about marinas, the boat market, yacht clubs...the cruising side of sailing but maybe more importantly, I learned something about my own heart. I have always thought I was happy just day sailing. I do love it and I will always sail the dinghy, even if I get a cruiser and end up selling the holiday. but I never realized how much I wanted more than that. this boat woke such a fire in my heart that I now realize what I need to do in my life; where my happiness truly lies.

any week that can teach you so much, is definitely a great one.
11-03-2013 09:17 PM
captain jack
Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Here ya go jack! Sail boat
$700 OBO with trailer.
cool! thanks. I just emailed him. have you ever heard of a crad y king?
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