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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November 02, 2010


John Edward Harris

Learning about the history of an older used boat (ours is a 1983 C&C we have now owned for two months) is like detective work or tracing one's family tree. It is full of dead end leads and a few surprises.

Adam Turinas

I am hoping the past owner can fill me in. I was pretty careful with every other boat we looked at but with this one neglected to probe.

o docker

Our 1984 Catalina still had the original bill of sale when we bought her in 2005. It was an eye-opener seeing how the price of new boats had risen since then. The original owners had added a lot of extra equipment when they bought the boat, but what we paid for it 20 years later equaled the base price of the boat when it was new.

It's not like a car, though. A good surveyor should be able to spot anything that might cause you $eriou$ trouble. I was amazed at the detail on the survey.

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