After reviewing the situation, it is with a heavy heart that I have conceded that purchasing the O’Day Mariner at the current time would not be a prudent use of my family’s money or the few spare hours I have unscheduled this summer.
As much as buying a sailboat for $25 sound like a great deal, at the end of the day, it’s a huge investment of time and a money pit which we cannot afford at this point in time. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a better deal than any Groupon I’ll ever receive, but to invest in a boat right now, especially this one, would be financial and probably marital suicide.
What I hope to do is scrape together enough spare change to join the Ossining Community Sailing Club and really see if sailing is something that the family would like.
Maybe bum a few rides on a sloop or schooner, become a stow- a-way on a nice Beneteau 46 or this might be the summer we get the kayaks back in the Hudson.
Either way… farewell 1965 O’Day Mariner…I bid thee smooth sailings.
That is the question of the day. An amazing offer has come my way. In short, I think I can get my hands on a 19′ O’Day Mariner for the price of a 16-piece bucket of KFC. Seriously, the cost to purchase the boat is less than nominal.
The catch…and there is always a catch, is that the boat needs some TLC. It looks like the bottom needs to be painted (who knew that boat paint cost $180 a gallon. But how many gallons does it take to paint the bottom of a boat?) and the outboard motor probably needs a hearty servicing (notice it holding up the boat). Other than that I think she’ll float…and hopefully sail. The sails and rigging are all intact. I have access to a boat slip and the current owner will allow me to keep the boat in their yard until the Spring, so I will have no storage or mooring fees until the fall.
Oh there is one other minor point to consider…I don’t know how to sail. So one option is to forgo the boat and the repairs and take sailing lessons (a minimum of $200 -$400 a person) and enjoy the summer on the Loose Goose II, my father-in-law’s Maxum motorboat. Or for the same price, I can buyt the O’Day and learn on my own. The Ossining Community Sailing Club is an amazing local club and the members would be a great resource.
The dilemma is, as my wife stated, ” You are a renaissance man. Between the garden, inoperable Harley, kayaks and camping, photography and cooking do you really have time for another hobby this summer?” and she’s right! Do I?
But for the price of a some original recipe thighs and a box of biscuits I can fall down the rabbit hole of owning a boat.
Decisions, decisions decisions.