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Getting started

In order to get anywhere, you must first get halfway there.

 

That is always the hard part, getting to that halfway point. To get to that halfway point, you need to get halfway there too.  You can see where I am leading up to with this, right?

 

Almost exactly a year ago, I drove up to Westport New York to see and purchase a Sea Sprite 23. I had been looking for a small full keeled sailboat to get back to sailing on. The Eventual plan is to buy a bigger boat and move aboard full time, but first I need to re-learn how to sail. I am also a traditionalist. I know that modern fin keeled boats sail better. they point higher, they go faster, and maneuver better.. but that is not the point. If I wanted to go fast, I would buy a lightning and be a terror on the water. No, I wanted a slow, heavy, and possibly even ponderous boat. Something that would keep me out of the inevitable trouble I would get into…

 

But first I needed to spruce up this sad little boat that I dragged down to Atlantic City.

 

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

4 Comments

  1. patrick says

    Aloha Enjoy your writing You should go at full time. Sailor1933

  2. Hi there from San Francisco. Glad to know that there are dedicated people out there who care about old boats, especially good old boats! Keep up the good work! I just purchased a neglected Sea Sprite (#595) that I found to be in pretty sad shape out here in California and am beginning the process of giving her new life. She was from New Jersey from what I’ve been told and had been trucked out here many years ago. Time to get to work! New rigging, lot’s of wood trim to restore, etc. Keep in touch.
    Scott Wall, San Francisco 10/21/14

    • These little boats seem to be everywhere. I even found one today in an article on racing in “sail” magazine. The photo is uncaptioned, but the 23’s distinctive boxy cabin top is the most clear indicator of what the sailboat is. Fact that she is also sailing “rail down” is also an indicator as that is how these boats like to go.

      Good luck!

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