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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December 21, 2010



Congratulations and thanks for this excellent series on buying a boat. I hope you and your wife log many thousands of safe and happy sailing together on Poetry.


Yup, echo what Tillerman said: a very useful series of posts and hope you have a many happy day sailing on Poetry.

Adam Turinas

Many thanks Chaps. Have a great Christmas

Pat (rgscpat, desertsea)

How did you address the fix-ups in terms of deciding what you would fix, what needed fixing professionally, how you found a good mechanic to fix the diesel engine leak, etc.? Developing the punch list, prioritizing it, figuring how much the work would cost, etc., would seem to be worth its own series of posts.

Adam Turinas

Good question. I am still working out a lot of this. I have divided jobs into stuff I can do and stuff I can't. For the latter, there is nothing massively complicated so I am having the yard mechanic and another contractor. work through them.

The leaks were a simple matter of replacing some washers. I had the yard in Stonington. take care of that as I didn't have time.

In Feb I am taking a course on marine diesel so I can get to grips with the Westerbeke 33.

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Buying a used sailboat may be tricky as there is no standard formula. For the person who could be identified as a sailboat fan, the only real opportunity to enjoy this experience is to find sailboats for sale.


Very helpful! Thank you!

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