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post #6 of Old 11-28-2009
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Our sailing club, in the UK, chartered a 20+ yr-old boat for two seasons (6-8 weeks/yr) for instructional use. The only reason it worked was that our two instructors were competent mechanics and boat fixers...The breakdowns would make the scheme fail; we had a boat-stopping failure every other week...torn sails x2, blocked head x2, cooling system failure, morse cable failure, propshaft leak... just to mention a few.
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