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    I won’t be finishing Meg and once cleaned out she’ll be viewable at First Light Boatworks.

    Over the last three years my spinal stenosis had reduced mobility. We were putting off an operation till things with COVID dies down but my seventy third birthday present was inability to get out of bed. 911 to the hospital and all that. My neurosurgeon was about to schedule but the infectious disease doc thought he saw something on the X-Ray or MRI. So two months of thrice a day IV antibiotics and then delays getting operation scheduled. Nothing actually cultured but it could be that the antibiotics acted as a prophylactic against post-op infection.

    Two surgeons working from opposite ends of a ten inch incision up from lowest lumbar into the T’s, fusing, cleaning, installing appliances for over six hours. With that big a slice I was at the hospital and then a nursing home till after Thanksgiving. Post-op pain remains an issue. Prospects of simply healing without some attention from the local pain clinic are bleak. With my super stroller I get maybe two hundred feet before I must sit till the pain abates. I’m regaining some strength “walking” about in the shallow heated pool at the YMCA. Once in water I’m much better.

    So facing the fact that without selling Meg, I’ll not be able to cover her yard bills much less the medical bills not covered by Medicare.

    It was a high risk, economically insane, to build a new wooden boat spending all my savings. If nothing went wrong, I could just get her done and then live on my pension. Something went wrong.

    I do not view the adventure as a moral or emotional loss. More like a privilege even not quite making it across the sea.

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    Heartbreaking news! And on so many levels!

    I can only send my best wishes to you!

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    Iain, not the update any of us wanted to hear about. Please know you are in our prayers.

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    Maybe you’ll have to put the planes and chisels down, but you are an artist with words. Keep that up.
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    I'm very sorry to hear that, Ian. It was a noble effort.
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    Sad news indeed. At least you had the joy of dreaming, planning, and watching her come into being
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    Ian my friend my heart goes out to you. Know that you are loved here by many including myself. Heal, mend and continue to be a bright star for all of us that look up to you.
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    Hang in there Ian. We are all pulling for you. With any luck Meg will be in the hands of someone as gifted as yourself.

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    I do not view the adventure as a moral or emotional loss. More like a privilege even not quite making it across the sea.
    An excellent takeaway. That's a lot to go through. More power to you, and heal best and soonest. Thanks for posting. An inspiration.
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    Meg is a lovely boat and a testament to your artistry and love. I am so sorry to read about the pain you have and the medical treatments you must undergo. I will always remember the afternoon I spent with you showing me her and seeing the brilliance that she has.

    Let us know what we can do for you and Meg. You have many talented and caring folks waiting for your call to help.
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    Crossing my fingers for you, Ian. Your love of wooden boats and intelligent, insightful comments over the years on just about every subject on this forum are still appreciated and we all hope you stay active here, and of course in your own personal life as well.
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    Ian, I fondly recall visiting Meg under construction, and I strongly recall your argument at the time, for devoting so much to building her. I always thought you got it right… satisfying your dreams as being the only worthwhile to do.

    it’s a sad thing to learn that your dream will be cut short… but I learned, in the course of life, that the journey beats the destination every time… and you should be proud of what you accomplished, and look back at the experience with a smile on your face.

    my best wishes for your recovery, Ian!
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    Sorry to hear this. Is there a pic of the Meg around here somewhere?

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    My very best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Congrats on the adventure of building a new boat!!
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    I'm saddened to learn that the dream will be curtailed,but it must have been great while things were moving ahead.Time to focus on restoring yourself and it ought to be a comfort to know that somebody will be enjoying a well thought out boat at some point in the near future.Probably smiling each time they understand the reasons why each and every part works well.

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    So sorry Ian. I’m glad you are able to be at peace with it.

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    Damn. I sure hope the docs can give you some relief.

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    https://scontent-bos5-1.xx.fbcdn.net...oA&oe=62BDD92E

    Baby barf green is the wrong color. Applied after a deep green was overheating the hull. There are better alternatives but that a "NOP". Next Owner's Problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
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    That's a good looking boat, Ian! I'm not a fan of lee boards, but that is a good looking boat!
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    Quite a few pix of Meg and other boats in the photos on my Facebook page.

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    LEEBOARDS? You never mentioned leeboards before; I'm such a fan of leeboards. The MEG looks very much like a Meadow Lark, but with a spoon bow. I really like Meadow Larks, and always considered my Shearwater sort of a "junior" version.uk

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    https://scontent-bos5-1.xx.fbcdn.net...oA&oe=62BDD92E

    Baby barf green is the wrong color. Applied after a deep green was overheating the hull. There are better alternatives but that a "NOP". Next Owner's Problem.

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    Wishing you the best, Ian. You've been an inspiration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    LEEBOARDS? You never mentioned leeboards before; I'm such a fan of leeboards. The MEG looks very much like a Meadow Lark, but with a spoon bow. I really like Meadow Larks, and always considered my Shearwater sort of a "junior" version.uk
    Wow Nicholas, you really missed some great build threads. There was a good one dedicated to the design and building of the leeboards.

    Ian posted some of my all time favorite build threads during Meg's construction!
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    Even tho' I'm not running for anything, "Thoughts and Prayers", shipmate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Bernstein View Post
    the journey beats the destination every time…
    Norm is a poet; truer words were never said.
    Kind regards to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Bernstein View Post
    Ian, I fondly recall visiting Meg under construction, and I strongly recall your argument at the time, for devoting so much to building her. I always thought you got it right… satisfying your dreams as being the only worthwhile to do.

    it’s a sad thing to learn that your dream will be cut short… but I learned, in the course of life, that the journey beats the destination every time… and you should be proud of what you accomplished, and look back at the experience with a smile on your face.

    my best wishes for your recovery, Ian!
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    You have been dealt a big blow, but perhaps the recovery will be significant
    Best Wishes indeed...

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    You've got to acknowledge it was a glorious run though.

    Ian, I dunno quite how to say this, but pretty much the only guys here who don't want in some measure to be you, with your history of 2 classic schooners, a classic cat, and now Meg's imagining and construction in your history . . Are the guys who'd rather imagine themselves as a Hadfield.
    .I am so sorry to hear of your health issues, and their inevitable fallout. Praying with and for you, brother.

    One of my fondest memories in forum related stuff is going to Cape Cod with my son to pick up the wee boat I now own, and having a chance to go out to Meg with you. Have you show us the reality as she then stood, and was developing.

    You've created a long lived gift for the next owner, for which that person, and those lucky enough to watch her swim, will be deeply grateful.

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    I did meet you once across the way from the epic Maine Boatbuilder's Show some 10 years ago. I'm going to make a case for continued healing to get you mobile again and a "hang on 'til the last moment" approach to your beloved Meg. Maybe there's an angel in your life that would foot the yard bills to be able to sail for this season. Jim

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    It is so hard to hear of your health problems. I hope and pray that medical science and your strength of character can overcome the worst of it.
    Giving up the boat is tough, but the journey sure was fun.
    Please keep us up to date.
    My prayers are with you.
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    Ah darn...

    I admire you -- and Last Boat of course -- very much.

    When you have a Listing, please let me know. A friend of mine has a place on a canal near Ft. Myers and recently sold his Hinckley 37 because he didn't like power-boating in those shallow waters down along the Everglades Park.

    But he's a sailor. Loves history. And Meg is perfect for that part of the world. He also has the resources to accomplish any completions.

    Hang in there...

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    Strength to you, Ian, but more than that, healing. On all levels.
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    Ian, I’m sorry to hear of your troubles and hope that they can find a way to deal with the pain. I hope the physicians and therapists you work with are the finastkind.

    Meg was a wonderful dream and I for one feel happy to have been able to watch that dream unfold for you here. You, the designer and the yard should all be proud of what you have been able to accomplish in her creation. I sincerely believe that there is someone out there who wants to share in that dream that you have all created.
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    well, this is a stone drag.

    but, troubles come whether we go for our visions or not. i am glad you went for it.

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