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No such thing as a “free boat”

I do apologize for the lack of updates, land based things have crept in and taken over the past couple of week, bringing work to Flirt to an utter and complete halt. I have some Vacation time coming up soon, so hopefully I can do my “keel bolt party” then.

Until that fateful time, I thought I would share a boat I found near me for “sale”. It’s a Catboat, which I have a fond affinity for. It is made of plywood and epoxy, which is not a bad thing. It is Free, which is always a plus. She is also pretty badly damaged with many nicks and bits of epoxy knocked off. She also has at least one hole in her bottom and her wooden mast is split down the middle.

It’s probably a good thing she was not available when I bought Flirt.

No name on this Catboat, but her registration numbers hail from Mississippi, so I am sure she has a few stories to tell… In the mean time, I will let the pictures show the sorry tale.

Free Catboat

Free Catboat2

Free catboat hole

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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. Rod says

    MS on a boat registration number is MASSACHUSETTS (MA is our Mailing Abreviation, but MS is used for boat registrations). Mississippi uses “MI”, as far as I know, (yes, that would be Michigan if you mail something), Michigan thus uses “MC” for their boat numbers. Confused yet? Well, I wish I knew why we use different initials for our boats instead of the typical, well known State initials, but you know Government!
    That is quite a catboat, unusual to see a fixed, fin-keel in place of the usual centerboard.
    I’m a big fan of those old Sea Sprites, once had a chance to tour the builder’s location back when they were built at Wickford (RI) Shipyard, back around 1974 (or was it 1976?) anyway, one of the featured displays was the Sea Sprite whose owner was preparing to sail trans-Atlantic that Summer, he was there sitting In the cockpit answering questions.
    I can relate to that theory about a “FREE” boat being one of the most expensive around! I’ve rebuilt 3 small boats, all “Free”….. but, in reality costing much more!
    I presently own a 1979 O’DAY Day Sailer, but dream of a bigger boat someday!

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