The origin of Messing About In Sailboats

  • The original quote is from Kenneth Grahame's Wind In the Willows: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

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October 25, 2010



Congrats! I look forward to reading your posts. Looks like a winner. Craig from H2uh0

John Edward Harris

Another conratulations! Where is she docked or moored?

I bought my first boat, a 1983 C&C 24, at the end of August, and am still learning about her. After years of dreaming, reading, and a little research, the right boat at the right price at the right location finally grabbed me. "Mischeif" probably won't be my last boat, as in a few years, if I can afford it, I will probably move up. Until then, I am still learning what it means to be a boat owner, glad to learn on a smaller, less expensive boat first.

How much of your search was influenced by your experience with the couple of small, old boats you previously owned?


Congratulations. Look forward to reading all about it. Especially the furniture in the boat.

Adam Turinas

Many thanks for the kind words and congrats. As I write this she is being sailed from Stonington to Perth Amboy. Sadly I can't join the crew but hoping to sail her this weekend


Looks like a really nice boat,

your point 1 is right on the money


I'm looking forward to reading the series. I shared this with my Twitter followers - not that there are many of them!

BTW, she looks a fairly fast boat, so you should have an enjoyable sail and then plenty of time at your destinations!

Pat (rgscpat, desertsea)

Nice congratulations, and I hope to see more pictures soon!


Looks like a great boat, looking forward to hearing more about it

Dennis @ Marine Electronics

Adam - Thanks in advance for posting your experience with buying a used sailboat. No doubt a ton of good information will be available to those looking to buy a used boat. Few of us are experts and so reading a first had experience of buying a used sail boat will be right on the mark with where a lot of people are.


Hi Adam,
Great looking boat - many congratulations. I share the same ambition, but my kids are well and truly in the nest for a few years yet. The boat i'm keen on, and have been since i first sailed one in 1987, is a Sigma 38, looks very similar to the Sabre.

Talking of ambitious cruising, my cousin, who retired early, is on a very leisurely 5yr circumnavigation. He's currently near Singapore working out the best way to come back past the Yemen / Somali pirates. Up to this point its been happy sailing without any unexpected issues - fingers crossed for this last big crossing.


Adam Turinas


A Sigma 38 is a great boat. Quite similar I believe.

Very jealous of your cousin. That's our hope too.

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