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Steve Milby
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Initially Posted - 05/09/2021 :  07:01:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Boat-less for the first time in 50 years. I drove to Maryland last Wednesday to give my fast, race-ready Cal 25 (Fahrvergnugen) to two friends, and to look after my C&C 35 (Captiva Wind), which has been on the hard since I had to go home early to Ohio with health issues in the fall of 2019.

I unloaded all my stuff from the C&C. There were a gazillion t-shirts and caps. (You get a free t-shirt and cap every time you race.) I talked with a marina employee, who mentioned that he'd love to buy her, but he couldn't make the payments. I could see from the look in his eye that he was sincere.

I tossed and turned all night, unable to sleep, because Captiva Wind is a good boat, with "good bones," and I have made many upgrades through the years, so that she's a much better boat now than when I bought her nearly 20 years ago. I didn't want to see her meet the fate of many "yard queens" that I've seen through the years, sitting on jackstands with faded "for sale" signs on them, slowly deteriorating from inattention.

The next morning I saw my friend, the marina employee, and I reminded him of his comment that he'd like to buy the boat if he could. I asked him how much he would be able to pay for the boat. He stated a price that was less than half of what they're currently listed for on Yachtworld. His boss heard the conversation. He's a good friend to both of us. He said, "If it'll help, I'll write a check right now for $6000. to help make the deal. I said I'd let him pay the balance in interest-free installments, and we shook hands.

You might ask why I accepted such a low offer. I got everything I really wanted out of the deal. I got my money's worth out of the boat in using and enjoying it for nearly 20 years. Anything I got back was icing on the cake. She'll be maintained by a guy who knows how, and who'll appreciate her, and she won't be a yard queen with a fading for sale sign. I had no broker, no ugly negotiations, and I'll have no more sleepless nights worrying about her. If he keeps her and enjoys her, I'll be happy, and if he sells her at a profit I'll be happy for him, because he's a friend. My dad told me, "the best deal is a deal that makes both parties happy." This was a very good deal!

Steve Milby C&C 35 Landfall ("Captiva Wind"); Cal 25 ("Fahrvergnügen")
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Edited by - Steve Milby on 05/09/2021 07:47:48

Buzz Maring
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Response Posted - 05/09/2021 :  08:04:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Steve ... 'not sure how to express my reaction to your news. I certainly understand how things unfolded, and I think you made the right choice. Still, it's sad to think that one of our most experienced sailors and BEST contributors to this site is now "boatless."

PLEASE don't go anywhere. You are a MAJOR asset to the sailing community, and we need and appreciate your input!

'Later ... Buzz

Buzz Maring

~~Freya~~
C-25 SK/SR #68
Lake Dallas, TX
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Derek Crawford
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Response Posted - 05/09/2021 :  08:42:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I second Buzz's comment. Being boatless sucks.

Derek Crawford
Chief Measurer C25-250 2008
Previous owner of "This Side UP"
1981 C-25 TR/FK #2262 Used to have an '89 C22 #9483, "Downsized"
San Antonio, Texas
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 05/09/2021 :  14:01:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Well, things change, and life marches on... I didn't realize your C&C was on the hard last year. What's going to fill the hole in the water?

A combination of changes in my life led me to "go over to the Dark Side" 14 years ago after roughly 60 years of sailing one thing or another--hard to believe it's been 14 years. It's more of a social activity now--exploring places, cocktail cruises, watching classics and tall ships approaching and leaving the Mystic Seaport... While I'm no longer "already there", there are lots of "theres" in easy reach around here (as on the Chesapeake). But the countdown on this has begun as well... I've thought about downsizing to a little center console--maybe even a RIB--and naming her "Last Boat III". I can't yet imagine my slip outside my door being empty.

A neighbor here, with the slip next to mine, would love to buy Sarge, but I can't imagine having her sitting there belonging to somebody else! (I helped design her and had her built.) Life........

Will you still be crewing?

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
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Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 05/09/2021 :  18:09:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Covid shut down racing on the Bay last year, as well as much recreational boating, so I stayed in Ohio last summer. If we couldn't race or sail or party or dine in restaurants, I didn't fancy the thought of being cooped up in a boat all summer. I think the more sedentary lifestyle forced on us by Covid was extremely harmful, especially for those of us beyond "a certain age."

I plan to crew in races on Brookville Lake this summer. That was where I sailed for almost 25 years, before going to the Chesapeake. There's a high bluff at one end of the lake that they named "Milby Mountain" after I left. I'm not sure why, but I think it was because it blocked everyones' wind except mine. I figured out when it would block the wind and when it would actually accelerate the wind. When they were becalmed on the other side of the lake, I'd be rail-down by the bluff.

I'll also be driving my Harley and my small fleet of antique cars. Currently I have a replica of a 1952 MG TD, a 1974 MGB, an MG Midget, a beautiful 1972 Triumph TR6 that was restored from the frame up, a 1977 Ford T Bird, and a 1980 Triumph Spitfire street rod, with a very souped up Chevy V6 engine, a Camaro 5 speed transmission and a Toyota Supra rear end. Oh yeah, and it has dual cherry bomb mufflers that split the air when she accelerates hard through the gears. The cars are all in very good condition inside and out, and mechanically sound, and I drive them all regularly to car shows or just to the supermarket. I'm still having fun, but just in different ways.

Steve Milby C&C 35 Landfall ("Captiva Wind"); Cal 25 ("Fahrvergnügen")
Past Commodore
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