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    Nearly 20 years ago we met a doctor working on a crazy idea - Building a hand-made sail boat in his spare time. He promised to invite us out for the maiden v...


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  • #2
    wow, great story!

    Obviously this man is not part of the instant gratification crowd.

    thanks, good find!



    • #3
      This takes me back. Way back.:coo- When I was a teenager we moved to Gibraltar Michigan. I wanted my own pocket money so I got myself a Detroit Free Press paper route. I had he route from 1964 thru 1967. One of my customers was a, I would guess middle aged guy. Like some of my customers he liked to talk so we became friends over time.

      One day when I was out collecting for the week he was out in his garage and he called me back so he could pay me. He, like this gentleman was building himself a boat from scratch. His plan was when the boat was done he would retire, sell the home and sail the 7 seas. By 1967 he was almost done so one day he invited me aboard to see his yacht. While it was not as big as the one in the video, his was a 30 footer it was every bit as nice. It was a gorgeous boat a single mast vessel. The interior was all wood as was the boat. I was impressed to say the least that I got to take a personal tour.

      One thing I asked was how do you plan to get it out of the garage since it was larger than the opening. Simple he said, I will remove the front of the building and pull her out.

      I graduated that june and quit my paper route to go and get a job. I worked for a few months prior to starting college. In mid 68 I saw the for sale sign in front of his house. He sold the house and was off on his adventures. I never heard from him again but I hope he was able to live his lifelong dream just like I hope this Dr. gets to do.

      Thanks for sharng, brought back memories.
      Rick Grew

      2022 Stingray 182 SC

      2004 Past Commodore
      West River Yacht & Cruising Club


      • #4
        Paul, what a great story! And what a nice sail boat!
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        • #5
          Thats an awesome man for not giving up, even with loosing a foot in the process.. my hats off to him.. enjoy your boat :arr Capt John...


          • #6
            i wonder if he'll get 2 foot-itis and start building a 43 footer. lol. :kidding
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