TAKE THE LEAP

Cruising World - - Underway - —Mike Reilly, S/V Life Of Reilly

Imag­ine my de­light when I re­ceived your DIY edi­tion (Hands-on Sailor 2018). I’ve only got­ten around to read­ing it now due to the fact that I’m cur­rently in the midst of a to­tal re­fit on our fam­ily boat. Strip teak decks? Check. Rewire the boat? Check. In­stall new elec­tron­ics? Check. Re­place an an­cient SSB? Check. And on and on. Up un­til our cur­rent boat, all the boats I’ve owned have been auc­tion or in­sur­ance ves­sels; it al­lowed me to en­joy the plea­sure of sail­ing boats I could have never af­forded other­wise, and it also taught me some valu­able lessons. Your DIY is­sue was a great primer for those who have been sit­ting on the side­lines con­sid­er­ing tak­ing the leap into a sal­vage boat but too afraid to pull the trig­ger.

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