Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
Weird Sailboat coincedence
Ok, so most of you know that a year ago I didn't have any boats (other than the 52,000 ton mobile offshore drilling unit) and in the Spring I bought a 14 footer from my neighbor who was going through a divorce, in the Fall an 18 footer from a non-profit organization that had it donated and couldn't use it and this Winter just picked up a 26 footer from my wife's co-worker who can't sail anymore due to medical reasons. I got great deals on all of them. So now I have 3 boats, I guess you could say I'm impulsive and when I get an urge I go all out until I'm satisfied.
So I went to the "previous owner's" house today to give him the rest of the money and get all the paperwork for the "new" 26 footer. He also, in the paperwork, gives me this article from Cruising World that gives a little history of the boat.
I knew the boat was a Sparkman and Stevens design; what I did not know, was that the design of the boat was commissioned by an Ohio boatbuilder named Ray Greene. Ray Greene's company built 120 of these 26' "New Horizons" sailboats. Ray Greene was a very well known designer/builder of such small boats as the 10' Vixen, the 12' Slipper, the 14' Rascal and the 16' Rebel.
Now check out this coincedence - That first boat I bought, the little one I got off my neighbor, is a 14' Rascal. So the biggest boat I've got and the smallest boat I've got were built by the same guy! What are the freakin' odds of that?
Dr. Bob was saying I should keep the smallest boat for "serious fun" and the biggest one for cruising, now I've got another reason to keep both.
I think I've already got the 18 footer sold to a guy in New York.
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
"Time is what prevents everything from happening all at once."