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Hey Everybody!

I've been lurking around Sailnet for a while now. I'm from Chicago and love sailing around Lake Michigan with my good buddy's in the PMYC (Poor Man's Yacht Club) and partying on the North Wall. I had a 1990 Hunter 30T that got loose from its mooring in Monroe Harbor late last year. After smashing into the concrete wall, she was declared totaled by insurance. Anyway, I'm looking for a new boat and have found SailingDog's Boat Inspection Trip Tips post to be invaluable in my current boat search.
 

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Good call, definitely a 1990, not a 1900. Here's a pic of some "wood" post-crash. I think the toerail saved her from sinking, personally. I don't understand why Hunter stopped using them...
 

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The honeymoon is in antigua then the BVI, and if you can find us, I'll buy you your first round. Oh and it's Lindsey, not Lidnsey and if you & your Sailnet buddies wanna crash it, they have to sail there too! No driving...
 

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I'll bet you were glad that it was only a Hunter that got mashed up. Some moron tried telling me you were dumb enough to try to sail it to Waukegon with the chainplates dragging in the water afterward. What kind of Bayliner are you looking at now?
Actually no, it was heartbreaking. It was like losing my first love. I was happy it was totaled as once I saw what was left I knew it would never be the same.

As for how "dumb" I was, I did not try to sail it to Waukegan from Chicago (~35 NM), I did sail it there! Despite a hole in the deck, the loss of our engine, and towards the end of our journey, the loss of our steering (gotta love the emergency tiller), we made it in one piece. I did have two other boats sailing next to us the whole time, in case something did go wrong. But to me, the dumb thing to do would be to pay the couple THOUSAND dollars to have it towed to Waukegan, when instead I can have one last sail on her before she leaves me forever (more than I can say for that first love)...oh, and the chainplates were not dragging in the water, but there were a few stanchions dragging along the way. :)

As for the new boat, I'm looking at affordable coastal cruisers, since that is what I'll be doing with it...
 
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