It's interesting listening to the questions. Most people wanted to know about the "salvageable" equipment on the boat. To be fair, I had listed most of it in the advertisement, thinking that the value of the boat was in the parts that could be salvaged and put to use.
But mechanical things are greater than the sum of their parts. I have had relationships with every car I have ever owned. I know how far I can push them on a given day, depending on their mood. Boats have "moods" in spades.
Our first boat we named "No Regrets". She was a center cockpit Irwin who had spent her time cruising Florida and the Bahamas before finding herself in a shipyard in Charleston, SC where she took a hurricane on the hard. When her previous owner found her, she was In a "state of disrepair", being filled with water and neglected. I helped him rebuild her and was thrilled to see her loved and enjoyed once again. After he decided he was no longer able to sail, I was rewarded with a sweetheart deal and we enjoyed her with our family. One day, during one of the thunderstorms we have in this area, she was hit by lightning, ending our time together. Even after that, she still gave us one more cruise, uncomplaining, I still miss her.
So, I have had some experience with rebuilding a boat. If I were younger and had a boat dock in my back yard, I would probably have a different mindset. But my current mindset involves going cruising. Now.
Still, it seems a shame that this beautiful boat should be dismembered for salvage.
I knew we had sold it to the right person when we went to meet him to do the paperwork. His first question was "What did you do to her?" I knew then that South Star would sail again. I wish him (and her) all the best.
As for our part, we have our eye on another boat. Survey and sea trials have uncovered some (not insurmountable) problems, so we'll see where it goes from here. We should be back on track very soon.
Thanks for all the well wishes.