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11-11-2012 02:53 PM
hellosailor
Re: Hurricane damaged boats

Once upon a time, America was not a third world country, and computer programmers tried to offer new and rich products. If we could only revert back 25 years, someone would offer forum software that grayed out old posts, so a six year old post and thread would appear in shadowy gray type that would instantly clue in the reader that they were looking at the ghosts of topics past.

Or, after two years without a post, simplylock the thread to encourage new ones.

But you'll notice, with all the "web forum" software out there, none of them have offered anything to flag or lock old threads, despite a number of public mentions of the concept.

Maybe I need to run down to the patent office, and then hire some young Chinese programmer, who still thinks innovation is the way out of poverty?
11-11-2012 12:48 PM
Maine Sail
Re: Hurricane damaged boats

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Originally Posted by minotaur View Post
As Seabreeze said, Go for it. Your existing mechanical skills are more than adequate, they will transfer to boat repair skills fast. You will learn more about boats and boating by repairing this boat than any other way. You'll also have a lot of fun. Lake Ponchatrain? your main danger is running aground, which will also teach you a lot. A great deal of knowledge for very little money.

Welcome to Sailnet!

Be sure to check the dates of posts you are responding to when doing "searches" on SN. The original poster is likely long gone having posted this six years ago back in 2006....
11-11-2012 12:45 PM
minotaur
Re: Hurricane damaged boats

As Seabreeze said, Go for it. Your existing mechanical skills are more than adequate, they will transfer to boat repair skills fast. You will learn more about boats and boating by repairing this boat than any other way. You'll also have a lot of fun. Lake Ponchatrain? your main danger is running aground, which will also teach you a lot. A great deal of knowledge for very little money.
08-28-2006 11:06 PM
sailingdog Just cause the boat has a title, doesn't mean it wasn't sunk, salvaged and storm damaged. The two are not mutually exclusive...
08-28-2006 10:57 PM
OneBeast
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Originally Posted by sailingdog
I'd be curious as to how you know this...many of the boats down there were salvaged, sunk or otherwise storm damaged, and not all the sellers are disclosing that fact honestly.

True, I guess it could have been a salvaged boat, if that was the case the current owner already got a title for it. I guess my main point there was it is a 'titled boat'.

I am trying to trust people, but I have seen how money can make people do crazy things.
08-28-2006 10:57 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by seabreeze_97
There are boats that don't cost money constantly? ;-)
Yeah, ones that have sunk or you've sold...
08-28-2006 10:57 PM
hellosailor "do a google search of basepay for an e5 with over three years in."
Ah, ask for a posting to USNA?

Check out the local American Red Cross chapter, sometimes they have sailing classes *very* inexpensively. $150 and less.

The other option is to find out where there is local racing and sailing, and show up before the races, wearing boat shoes and carrying a cold six-pack, and saying "I don't know anything about boats, but I want to crew and learn."
Someone out there will need railmeat, or crew, and they WILL be glad to see you and take you out. Doesn't mean they know how or what to teach, but it is one way to get started for free. Well, for the price of the beer.
08-28-2006 10:55 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by OneBeast
This one I am talking about now is not one of the salvage boats, I do appreciate the tips as far as titles and the law is concerned, if I do decide to go that route I will definalty look into that.
I'd be curious as to how you know this...many of the boats down there were salvaged, sunk or otherwise storm damaged, and not all the sellers are disclosing that fact honestly.
08-28-2006 10:55 PM
OneBeast
Quote:
Originally Posted by CBinVA
I agree with hellosailor. We took an ASA basic keelboat sailing class two years ago and then promptly bought a Catalina 27. The sailing class was definitely worthwhile. We're still learning, but the class got us sailing comfortably in a hurry.

We love our Catalina 27. She's definitely a great starter boat, IMO. Very easy to sail. The older ones are not very expensive, so I would definitely do some comparison shopping to see what else is out there.

If you are concerned about expenses, you should realize that the purchase price is just the start. Next is insurance and slip fees. Then there is the steady flow of "boat dollars" required to maintain a boat. And, of course, you will soon want to start fixing her up. (Currently on our list: replace the lifelines, add a bimini, roller furling on the jib, etc....) Not saying you shouldn't do it, just make sure you understand the full story.

I will look into the class, I know the slip fee is $80 a month or so where it is at now, is this expensive, average, cheap?

I will look into a class, I can see how that would help alot a first, and I could see myself getting frustrated when I am not moving.

The more I look, the more I see these things are like cars, there is so much you can do to them.
08-28-2006 10:43 PM
CBinVA I agree with hellosailor. We took an ASA basic keelboat sailing class two years ago and then promptly bought a Catalina 27. The sailing class was definitely worthwhile. We're still learning, but the class got us sailing comfortably in a hurry.

We love our Catalina 27. She's definitely a great starter boat, IMO. Very easy to sail. The older ones are not very expensive, so I would definitely do some comparison shopping to see what else is out there.

If you are concerned about expenses, you should realize that the purchase price is just the start. Next is insurance and slip fees. Then there is the steady flow of "boat dollars" required to maintain a boat. And, of course, you will soon want to start fixing her up. (Currently on our list: replace the lifelines, add a bimini, roller furling on the jib, etc....) Not saying you shouldn't do it, just make sure you understand the full story.
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