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.
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