Have you ever restored a yacht? I have, and it almost broke me financially and mentally. Time plays a major role and there can be nothing worse for a sailor, most of whom are dreamers, than to see their boat’s decline outstrip the speed of their restoration work. I know of boats that have been undergoing a major rebuild for the last 20-years, out of the water and looking more like a bomb-damaged barn that a sea-going vessel. The trouble is, you fall in love with a boat and you want it at any cost, and the flaws, well, you’ll fix ‘em. But for some, there comes a point when it’s time to down tools, shed a tear and put the boat on the market. It’s beaten you, time, cash, patience, blood … they’ve all run out. Your only hope is that someone with the wherewithal will pick up where you left off and restore your lover to her former glory. Anyone who takes on a major boat restoration and sees it through to the end has my respect and admiration.