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Here's a must read. A wheelchair and a Pearson 26

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A few interviews with him:

He seems to be pretty lucky so far. Hope he does well.

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I knew a guy who lost his legs in Nam and he bought a cow horn sloop in the VI. He decked over the cockpit and the space from the settees to the floor all through the boat and sailed the heck out of that little boat.
No books, fame or internet, just fun.
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What an inspiration! I've always wondered if I could do this if I lost my mobility.
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Re: Here's a must read. A wheelchair and a Pearson 26

Went on a road trip with the bride to check out harbors as couldn't snowbird this year with SDR due to upcoming surgery. Got as far south as Beaufort sc. While as I was chatting with cruiser and his family there on a old ketch wife was chatting with a twenty something in a mid 20s sloop. She said "you gotta talk with this guy".
The kid told a remarkable story. He was a tradesman. Up in Vermont he was walking by the side of a country road. Although not on the road he was hit by a hit and run driver and left for dead. Fortunately was ultimately brought to the hospital and survived but was left with a flail useless right arm. The brachial plexus ( all the nerves to the arm) was destroyed. Unable to ply his trade he bought a small old sloop. One handed he entirely rebuilt the engine, put together a suit of sails and generally made the boat seaworthy. By himself he sailed ( little spare fuel money) from southern Maine to Beaufort including some spritely weather. He intended to get to the islands.
He had a big smile on his face as we chatted about places down there and good places to provision and such.
Wife has heard me ***** while doing maintenance or complain about the absence of this or that on the boat. As we walked back to the vehicle she said "next time you even think of opening your mouth about the boat or its maintenance think of him first".



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Cant find him on FB. Would like to watch for him in Charleston ... Nice story...

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