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Old 10-19-2011, 12:04 AM   #61
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Exactly right, Moonstruck....spot on.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:58 AM   #62
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i'm still alive! In the mountains of Arizona....Hate typing on this iPad...Will make a post when I get back...Tell Swampe not to worry, I can afford it...very interesting posts...I've done this bfore with a 54' sport fisher donation...so far, haven't changed my mind....I can certainly understand the doubt some have about my sincerity, like my son. He couldn't afford the yearly upkeep if he wanted to...loved the outright offers to take it off my hands...just getting rid of the boat is easy! Asurring it gets in the right hands is much more dfficult. More later.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:33 AM   #63
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i'm still alive! In the mountains of Arizona....Hate typing on this iPad...Will make a post when I get back...Tell Swampe not to worry, I can afford it...very interesting posts...I've done this bfore with a 54' sport fisher donation...so far, haven't changed my mind....I can certainly understand the doubt some have about my sincerity, like my son. He couldn't afford the yearly upkeep if he wanted to...loved the outright offers to take it off my hands...just getting rid of the boat is easy! Asurring it gets in the right hands is much more dfficult. More later.
*Glad for the update. I don't know you but can relate on many levels. Wife and I have given away items we've enjoyed to people we felt would appreciate them in the past as well. (nothing quite as valuable though) I have had peers and family members call me everything from foolish to stupid for doing so. It's a shame that they will never know the feeling one gets inside when one gives away something treasured to someone deserving of it and willing to maintain it.

The mountains of Arizona are a great place to noodle out what's on your mind. Enjoy.
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i'm still alive! In the mountains of Arizona....Hate typing on this iPad...
*Walt--- you can buy a regular keyboard for the iPad. Either docking or a Bluetooth.* This is what I'll do when we get our iPad 3 next year, or whenever it comes out.* I agree, the iPad's on-screen keyboard is near worthless.
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I am sort of in the same situation as we been a live aboard for 15 years, we are talking about retiring, 2014, and we have talk about what to do with the boat as my wife wants to travel and maybe live on land but in a warmer climate for 9 month of the year. We own a condo which we never moved into so we have it rented.* However, I can not justify the cost and time of owning the Eagle if we did not live on her.* The 3 remaining months of the year I would probable spend maintaining her, which I presently enjoy more than taking her out.*
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Being the Eagle is 33 years old, sort of custom ugly trawler which requires a lot of TLC, the potential buyers are limited.* **Also I plan on being some what picky about who buys the Eagle being there are only five 58 Roughwaters left.* So it would take some one that enjoys maintaining and can afford her.
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My wife says she/we are moving to a warm clime during the winter for sure.* So in a couple of years we will either move her back onto Lake Union/Washington which are fresh water to be stored or move her to a warmer climates.* However, the best place to sell her is probable in the PNW as that is what she was designed and fitted for as a last resort.




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Tell Swampe not to worry, I can afford it...very interesting posts...I've done this bfore with a 54' sport fisher donation...so far, haven't changed my mind...
*I must say Walt I am going to enjoy watching where this goes. *I love a good story and I see someone is going to be very very happy. *Hopefully someone on this forum or one like it. *Most of the people I've met are very sincere and full of great advice. *
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

So you are back.

after*time spent* reflecting over your. Shall we say delema. What did you come up with.

We are all dieing to know. At least I am.

Having never been in your position. I can't imagine what I would do.

As someone said it was quite a bomb to drop on the forum.

We're waiting.

What ever you come up with. It is a great story to tell the boys down at the harbor.

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Old 11-03-2011, 12:53 PM   #68
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

Walt,

What ever you do w that boat you better make sure you stay active on the forum. Wish I was out in the sun w you. Someone said it rained 30" in the last 30 days here. Someone else said October is our worst month. Looking at a blog from Columbia about a guy and his friends building a 12' punt in his apartment and then lowering it down from about the 4th floor on a rope. I do'nt think the boat had a single thing marine on/in it except a small OB. But all the smiles and group fun was everywhere in the blog. Also they obviously know a lot more about computers than both of us put together.*
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:06 PM   #69
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By way of a comment on what has transpired since I first brought this subject up, I offer the following. Keep in mind that I did not assign a time table to the matter in my original post.

A lot of water has gone over the dam in the last 3 weeks. I've been admonished by my wife (who is almost never on the boat) and will have no vote* in the matter, I've been PMed by fellow Forum members, throwing their hats in the ring, 3 or 4 people on the dock have "stopped by" to say hi and demonstrate their interest, in a gift, not a sale, and I have been in contact with one Forum member who shall remain nameless. (That is, unless he/she prefers not to be.) During this time I holed up in my house in Sedona for about eleven days.

The whole process is quite interesting and most don't believe I'll actually do it. (Right! SWAMPU?)* While conducting my search I've maintained the boat, added some new stuff and am presently having her lazarette & shower sump compartment cleaned and painted. The swim platform is also in need of another coat of teak sealer & oil. If I decide to change the swivel on the anchor to one that Marin suggested (I can't remember the manufacturer) the boat will be as perfect as I know how to make her.* Within reason ($$$) of course.

As things unfold I'll be sure to keep you all updated.
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

Walt, I have not been paying much attention to this thread, and have just read the begining and cannot believe it.

My little IG 32 has quickly won a place in my heart. We have only had her about three years, and she is old and slow but I just like owning her.

I too, spend time aboard doing little and not so little projects or just putsing about.

My Wife has enjoyed boating with me for more than a couple decades but now is not into it as much as in the past.* Mind you she has been there and put up with a lot on some of our cruises.* She still talks of taking this boat to some of our past haunts but I do not really know if it will happen.

I still enjoy owning the boat, we go out on small trips and sometimes I just go solo, it does not bother me I like "messing around on boats"

It seems to me, money is not an issue for you if you can give the boat away, but I say keep her.* It does not matter how much you use her, if you Love owning the boat it is like any other possession, Artwork, Cars, etc.

Keep the boat, continue to enjoy taking care of her,* So it is a hobby that is independent of your Wifes interest--So What!!!!

Thats why lots of boats were and are named "Mistress".

Just because you said you are thinking of giving her away, does not mean you have to.

I hate to say it but your perfect "owner" will probably sell her faster than you think.*

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Interesting comment as I have gotten that feeling from two guys I've talked to. The bottom line though, is after the gift, I have no control over when that person sells it. I did get one really interesting idea from a fellow Forum member that I can't go in to just yet. There may be a way to really "qualify" the recipient.

Thanks for the kind words John.
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If I decide to change the swivel on the anchor to one that Marin suggested (I can't remember the manufacturer) the boat will be as perfect as I know how to make her.* Within reason ($$$) of course.
*Walt--- The swivel is the WASI Powerball made by Swisstech and it's sold or distributed by Swisstech America http://www.swisstech-america.com/

While this is reputed to be just about the strongest and best anchor swivel in the world, it's not cheap and unless one anchors out a lot*under pretty extreme conditions it's probably not worth the investment.

As I've stated before we have not yet found any value in having a swivel between our all-chain rode and our anchor.* After observing that all the boaters in our marina around us who have*a lot of anchoring experience don't use swivels at all, and reading*about their "weak link" aspects,*we got rid of ours.*

While a swivel might be of some use in turning the anchor to line up with the pulpit during retrieval, we've found that simply twisting the chain between the rear and front pulpit rollers accomplishes the same thing.* And we have never had an instance of a twisted or kinked anchor rode even after three days of rotating around the anchor in our constantly changing currents and winds in the islands.

So unless you just like the look of a big hunk of polished stainless between your chain and the anchor, I'm thinking a swivel is a kind of waste of time and money.

As to your notion of donating your boat to a deserving person or organization, that can certainly be a satisfying thing to do if the financial aspect makes sense or doesn't matter.* But the comments above about the recipient turning around and selling the boat bear consideration.* Unless you get a legal document stating that the recipient won't do this, or won't do it for x-amount of time, you have no control over what the recipient will do.* Even a person who appears to be ideal as a recipient of your generosity can have circumstances in their life change to the point where the boat has to go.

So the only way I think this can work is if one approaches this idea with the notion that once the boat is gone, it's gone forever and you don't want to know anything about it anymore.

When Augie Busch (one-time CEO of Annheuser Busch) was forced by his greedy, self-centered children to sell his beloved, Rhodes-designed, 120'*yacht "A and Eagle," he stipulated to the broker that he didnt' care what it sold for but an absolute reguirement was that it be sold to someone who would take and keep the boat somewhere where he would never see it again.

In this case, the buyer was The Boeing Company, and the yacht was taken from Florida to Seattle where it was renamed "Daedalus."* And Augie never saw it again.

This is what I think you might want to do if you proceed with your dontation plan.

(For anyone interested, "A and Eagle" is the official name of the Annheuser Busch logo, hence Augie's choice of the name for his yacht.)

This is the boat Augie loved so much he never wanted to see it again after he was forced to sell it.


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Old 11-03-2011, 08:20 PM   #73
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What ever you do w that boat you better make sure you stay active on the forum.*
*Amen Eric, in perusing this forum's search feature I have found much wisdom and humor in your contributions. Good luck in your quest.
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Thanks, Marin, for the link. You're right, $228 is a little steep for an anchor swivel! One hell of a catalogue though.


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Walt,* The point I was trying to make is for some people, taking care of the boat is how they enjoy the boat.* A lot of boats just sit with no one even visiting them for months and years.* Just look at most marina's, only a handful of people have time for their boats.

If you have been on your boat 3 or 4 days a week, you are way ahead of most people. I*don't see how this qualifies as lost boating desire?

The other day I was bringing some tools and material down the dock to work on my boat,* A neighbor said " John, you should be heading South down the ICW, you never have any fun!"* I gave him the benefit of a "your right" reply, but I was having fun, I was doing what I wanted to do.

Keep the boat or sell it or donate it, but do not feel guilty if are not actively using it.* You may be enjoying your boat a lot more than you think.

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There is a GB36 the same vintage as ours in one of the port's older open-front shed boathouses in our marina.* We have been in this marina for over 13 years now and this boat has never moved, never had anyone on it, has not changed one iota.* An acquaintece recently got into the boathouse to look at the boat and he told me it's a mess, at least on the outside.* Yet the moorage fees are paid every month and the owner obviously has insurance or the port would have kicked the boat out.* I learned recently that the same owner also has a GB32 somewere in the marina in exactly the same condition.

Aother fellow in a large boathouse near our dock has been working the same amount of time (13 years) on a large 50-something foot wood cruiser.* Much of the work has been hired out but he works alongside the shipwrights.* This boat has been completely rebuilt at least three or four times since we've been observing this, and has never left the boathouse except for being turned around occasionally.* Lord knows how much money he's put into the thing--- I guess it's near perfect as one can get.* It's finally finished to his satisfaction..... and is up for sale.
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OK Walt,*I can take her off your hands but.**The qualifier is that you would have to agree to coming on the trip up to Prince William Sound Alaska. I wouldn't even think of shipping her up here. She would have to come on her own bottom. Think of that voyage. What an adventure.*A sort of last hurrah.

We could stay in touch with the forum on the way and even hook up with all the boaters in the PNW on the way. I would love the opportunity to meet Marin up in the islands and Eric in Thorn bay.

We could do the trip in about*2 month. perhaps*3 if we do a little fishing along the way.

You see, this would let you get the boat as far away as possible and I can tell you now my Admiral says she could make an effort to get on the boat. Just a few modifications to make her more handicapped friendly.

I can guarantee this she would be well used well loved and kept till I can't do it anymore.

What do you say want to go for a long sea voyage.

I wouldn't be able to do it till the spring. That would give me a chance to sell my boat(chok chok). and have the money for fuel, food and scotch. Oh yeah and bait.

Oh and we would have to install an Espar or wabesto. Even in the summer it can*get cold out on the water here in Alaska, Especially by the glaciers

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* The qualifier is that you would have to agree to coming on the trip up to Prince William Sound Alaska. I wouldn't even think of shipping her up here. She would have to come on her own bottom.
*SD: Nice try but no cigar! You've brought up the very thing that I'm losing my desire for....a long boating trip! Besides, I don't want to consign her to the frozen north. Sorry about that, all you guys in the frozen north. Incidentally, I don't consider Seattle and the Puget sound area to be the frozen north. In fact, I'm giving that area a lot of thought lately. (Another member of the Forum has counseled me on a possible route to go.) It's funny though that I've had no interest from that region even though she would be a great little trawler for two people. (let the PMs fly!) :juggle: :whisper:
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Now that's funny Walt. People actually PM you and ask for your boat.

I was just funnin.

It sounds like one of those shows about how the lottery changed my life.

And wow it really sounds like you Have lost your desire for boating.

*Sad I hope it never happens to me.

But then again if you are able to give away a boat as valuable as yours. You have the wherewithal to pursue anything you desire. In that case I envy you good luck my friend. May you find Peace and contenment. It has been a pleasure.

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I knew you were putting me on, so I went along with it. The quotation above, however, seems rather dark & final. I have peace & contentment which allows me to even entertain the thought of gifting the boat. Think about it for a minute. If I sell it for what I think its worth, the buyer will be strapped with a considerable tax bill, (depending on which state he or she is in) while a gift is a gift! (One of you tax attorneys can step in here at any time.)
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It's my understanding that, as a gift, the recipient has no tax liability. If the boat goes any distance, the freight bill will be bad enough which the recipient will pay. He has to have some skin in the game! Now, if I can find some deserving party down here, (San Diego) the problem is solved. So far, no one in this area measures up but I have not published my intent in this area either. As I have stated all along...I have no time table and I am carefully working my way through the matter.
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