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Thanks for the encouragement, everybody, but odds are I won't be around... at least until and unless we get another sailboat, which, realistically speaking, probably isn't very likely. Thing is: I tend to spend time in web forums for whatever special interest has my attention at the time. That's why I always tended to disappear in the fall, after haul-out, and re-appeared in spring, running up to splash.

While I liked sailing, what I truly enjoyed was working on our boat (yes, even down to scrubbing the decks) and racing our boat.

So, I think that, for now, I'm going to go on an indefinite hiatus from the sailing community. Without getting overly dramatic: Both The Admiral and I need to find something else to occupy or time and our minds. We're exceedingly unhappy, right now, and the whole thing feels a bit surreal.

Funny... we'd only had her for five years, but it felt like we'd known her a lifetime...

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Best wishes to you and yours for whatever you choose to do, Jim...

I enjoyed your contributions to SN, for whatever that's worth... be happy!
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I know I haven't been around, lately, but I didn't want to end up in the "whatever happened to..." file, so...

It's now official and irrevocable. Yesterday evening we confirmed receipt of the funds and a few hours ago I signed and FAXed back to the broker the Bill of Sale for Abracadabra. She is no longer our boat

They say the two best days of a boat-owner's life are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells her. Well, that's not always true. We didn't want to do this, but the realities of time and money left us no choice. It was an easy decision, but very hard to do.

Farewell, Abracadabra. We believe we've passed you on to new owners who will love you every bit as much as did we.

I'd like to thank all the sailors on SN for their help and the camaraderie. To the mods and site ownership: Sorry for being such an irascible PITA at times

Perhaps you'll see Abracadabra's new owners here, as SN will be one of the sites I'll tell them about. (Though it's my understanding they plan to rename her.)

Fair winds and following seas, my friends.

Sorry to see ya go, Jim. Hope your next adventure is as exciting. Take care.

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Hope life deals you some better cards and you find your way back onto the water.


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There was a time about 10 years ago, when I had sold my boat and was in the process of buying her back. My sailor friends once scoffed at my opinion on something, reminding me that I was the only one out of them who didn't own a boat. I reminded them that I was also the only one out of them that had ever sailed any where as well. The boat is just the tool we use to apply our seamanship. You take the hammer out of the carpenters hand and he is still a carpenter. They say the 2 happiest day's are when we buy and sell, I say it's when we set for, and arrive somewhere under sail. Or in my case when I raised my sunken boat ( which happened twice,) But I digress, I would probably hang around here more than I do if I no longer owned my boat, to at least stay in touch with the world of sailing until I bought her back again.
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