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Enjoying the Journey

Looking at my paperwork from when I bought Flirt (once Blackjack) from old George up on Lake Champlain and dragged her down to the Jersey Shore.. I have realized it has been just over two years since I first laid eyes on her.

on the trailer

While she seemed a bit rough on initial inspection, and her paint was not as smooth or glossy as the pics showed, nor was her bright work all that bright.. I chalked it all up a winter spent outside in Upstate New York (and it had been a bad winter), handed over my cash, and set off on a 8 hour trek home.

New to me at the time was a Land Rover Discovery that has served me well aside from blowing up it’s engine this winter (since replaced) and while it towed Flirt well, it is a thirsty beast unladen and simply guzzles premium fuel when towing. So, 8 hours, 70 gallons of fuel, and $2000 dollars later.. I was home with an almost 50 year old sailboat that would soon centre my life around her restoration.

Looking back, I probably should have spent more money for a better boat.. but would I have learned as much from a boat I could have just taken down to the water and dunked her in. Yes, I would have learned a lot about sailing something larger than a dinghy, but would I have been able to upkeep her systems, or repair any damage, or heaven forbid i have a serious problem on the water, been able to keep her afloat?

I don’t know.

But, while I have some very small regrets in buying Flirt… I have so far enjoyed the journey

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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.

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  1. I got my boat with the intention of doing a little cleaning up and mostly sailing but turned out to need a lot of work instead. I’ve learned a lot and I’m thankful for it.

    You have a nice sailboat.

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