My kid wants a boat!
Some of you have met my youngest daughter, Chryssie. She has sailed with me on the Dragon and now the 210, and has really shown an interest is learning to drive the boat on her own. In her words, she wants to be able to sail without depending on anyone else. Yesterday, as she and her mom and I were pulling the 210 back out in anticipation of this tropical storm, she told us that she wanted to learn to sail a Sunfish, and she wanted me to see if I could find her one. At some point in the near future she will either be moving on to a PhD program somewhere, or moving to Colorado to experience life out there, and she thinks she can carry a Sunfish with her anywhere and find a place to sail it (she's probably right. There's hardly a large city in America that doesn't have a sailing club nearby, if only on a very small lake).
My kids all came up through the Opti program at Fairhope YC near here, and though they all enjoyed daysailing we were always racing and they never really liked it that much. Chryssie has been racing now for a few years and has done very well, but I think she'd rather just sail than race. I am thinking that if I can find her a nice, clean boat for the right price I will go halvsies with her, and I tell you, it's a proud moment in old dad's life to think that my daughter enjoys something that I helped hand down to her so much that she wants to carry it on herself. It's a nice feeling.
'A disciple of the Norse god of aesthetically pleasing boats, Johan Anker'