Re: Neighbors Give Boat Restorer a Hard Time
I feel for the guy I really do...
but this thread really needs a little devils advocate-
72 foot is a hell of a lot of boat. It is enough to block out a good portion of the sky for the immediate neighbors- if that was a permanent construction, here, of course, one would need to put in a planning permit, open for objections by those concerned, and for some I suppose they could see this boats presence as approaching permanent. If he is not dealing with the dust (etc)(which he might be, I don't know), I can understand the concerns some of the neighbors might have- I wouldn't want my kids (if I had any) playing downwind of this old boats dust-storm.
No problems up to two years, well, he's had it there three. If it is still too fragile that it will 'crumble' if moved now- then how much longer is it going to take? Will he even finish it? Given the circumstances it is a pretty fair question.
It is a very admirable and grand project and a very brave effort- possibly a bit too grand and a bit too brave. I hope he gets over his cancer, which at the stage it is in sounds unlikely, and I hope he gets to finish his boat and sail it himself, which considering that it sounds very far from done, is far from a certainty.
I am all for supporting the freedom for people to do stuff like this on their properties within suburbia- but for me, a 72 foot boat, overstaying the allowed time by 50% already, with possibly no end in sight, goes pretty deep into a grey area, where black means that maybe it would be more suitable and considerate to take the project elsewhere.
Hopefully he gets some good community support, manages to address the concerns of his immediate neighbors (and the rest of them mind their own bloody business), maybe even gets a bit of free help in finishing the big old thing so he can live long and healthy enough to use it-
I'd love to see him finishing this and sailing off into the sunset... I can however understand that some people feel it should go elsewhere- not all of these need be written off as snooty or anal.
Good on him, and the best of luck to him.
One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.