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2018-03-04 09:45 by Karl Denninger
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Just when you don't think things can possibly get any more-stupid.....

The Colorado couple who sank their beloved sailboat two days into their journey to the Caribbean is getting another go at navigating the high seas.

Tanner Broadwell, 26, and girlfriend Nikki Walsh, 24, sold everything they owned to pursue their dream of one day sailing around the world. However, they didn’t get far – their sailboat hit a sandbar and capsized off the coast of Madeira Beach, FL, two days later, leaving them only with $90 and no home.

The story of the couple’s misfortune quickly went viral and caught the eye of retired physician and boat owner, Mark Reinecke, who turned the couple’s luck around by selling them his 1985 Cheoy Lee Pedrick 36-foot sailboat for $1, the Daily Mail reported.

Oh Good Ghod.

This is an Asian-built boat that was built to a price.  That's not to say Cheoy Lee makes bad vessels -- they don't.  But you have to recognize what you're getting, where the corners were cut to hit the numbers, and pay attention, which of course means you have to know what to pay attention to.  Especially if you are thinking about actually going bluewater cruising with it.

If you recall the previous incantation of this "dream" ended with a grounding at slow speed that broke the keel bolts, almost-certainly because they were totally wasted, the boat turtled and sank.  Well, that shouldn't have happened.  It happened because they bought the boat, didn't know what to check, didn't pay someone who did know, and...... glub!

Odds are high that this 30-odd year old vessel has some of the same sorts of issues going on, especially if it's been sitting behind this guy's house instead of being used actively, pulled every year for maintenance and such, etc.  How's the rig, for starters?  What's the sail inventory look like and what sort of shape are they in?  Halyards and line condition, stays?  Chainplates all good?

A 36 footer is quite a decent sized boat too -- for someone with no skills and no real time on the water, too much boat -- especially as soon as the weather kicks up.

Oh, you think you always get to choose the weather when out boating eh?  Heh heh heh..... uh.... no.

I give these fools two weeks before they're shark food -- and this time I'm gonna cheer.

I do feel bad for the dog, however.

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