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04-24-2010 02:58 AM
mk11blue i am still looking for a private slip or docking area for my 26' sloop and have become unsuccessful. i am still looking. i live in central florida in the sanford area. if anyone knows anyone who has such a thing, let me know km_0110@yahoo.com still trying to locate on so i can Sail my boat and not have to sell her. HELP ME SAVE MY BOAT
04-22-2010 06:28 PM
hellosailor mk11-
Depending on where you are and what the local options are, you MIGHT find that a local boat club or yacht club has dockage or moorings available for less than where you are. In any case, moorings are usually less expensive than dockage, even private dockage.
I'd suggest that the keys to sailing alone are preparation and anticipation. If you try to think ten minutes ahead...that gives you time to get the fenders out, docklines, reef before you need it...And make a point to run down extra safety factors before you go out. Like leaving a float plan with someone, making sure you have a handheld VHF in the cockpit, and (yes) I'll even stick my cell phone in a ziplock bag in my belt pouch. I wouldn't be the first guy that made a call literally FROM the water.
Something that works on a 26' boat is also a "jib downhaul" if you don't have a roller jib. A light line that runs from the head of the jib, down the forestay, through a pulley and then aft, so you can literally hual the jib or genoa down, singlehanded from the cockpit, if the wind picks up and you don't want to go forward. Leaves a mess of sail on the foredeck--but sometimes that's OK too.
Good luck!
04-22-2010 03:27 PM
mk11blue
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Glad to help. I hate to see a person lose a loved boat if it can be avoided.
you could always send me a donation through paypal :}

no harm intended, just desparate
04-21-2010 11:03 PM
sailingdog
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thank you
Glad to help. I hate to see a person lose a loved boat if it can be avoided.
04-21-2010 10:35 PM
mk11blue thank you
04-21-2010 08:35 PM
sailingdog putting an ad on craigslist might be a good start.
04-21-2010 08:10 PM
mk11blue
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One thing that you might be able to do is find a private dock to keep the boat at. There are quite a few of those in florida and many are unoccupied and the owners are often willing to let you use them for very little money. That might be an option that would let you keep the boat until things get better.
so should i just google for private dock/slip owners or what would you suggest?
04-21-2010 07:52 PM
sailingdog One thing that you might be able to do is find a private dock to keep the boat at. There are quite a few of those in florida and many are unoccupied and the owners are often willing to let you use them for very little money. That might be an option that would let you keep the boat until things get better.
04-21-2010 07:43 PM
mk11blue
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I was going to ask how it was that you had a boat, and had never sailed it, but I'm starting to get the picture . Hate to break it to you, but it's a terrible time to sell a boat (or almost anything for that matter) Good season, bad economy. If you have to sell it in the near future, I would think now is the time to do it (though I don't know the Florida market). Maybe you could consider taking on a partner with the boat (maybe they'd even know how to sail!), via, Craig's List "Boats" or your local sailing publications (using all the precautions of course).
I'll be surprised if there isn't a crew list in your area. In fact, here is one (I found in a quick search) in Biscayne. Crew Lists
When I mentioned the crew list idea, I didn't realize you were the OP (Original Poster) who had the boat. You could reverse engineer the process. List yourself as a Skipper (in this case, boat owner), who needs crew who know how to sail. This is what I did when I got my first boat. I had extensive Windsurfing experience, and some experience crewing (through Crew List), but needed someone who was confident with a larger boat. Worked really well, in fact, I've had several people crew who teach at local sailing schools! All the respondents had a fair amount of experience or had owned boats of their own. If your boat has an Owners Association (check the Web) it might be very helpful as well.
All the best!
thank you for your input, wonderful advice. it has been Extremely hard and selling her seems like my only choice, it is real crummy. i was just thinking about how carefree i feel when im out on her and long for that escape. selling her wont solve all my problems but be a mere band aid, which should stop the "bleeding" for a moment. Unfortunately my husband was three months behind on the slip(which he failed to mention so i had no clue) and that has forced me to sell her. its just a horrible thing to deal with. i wish i had my own slip! then she would stay with me setting all of that aside, once again, thank you for your input!
04-21-2010 05:19 PM
Stillraining
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Did I get a prize???
Yep...Here it is.. Atta Boy!



Now just keep taking your happy pills would ya..were getting tire of reminding you..
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