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Folkboat Available for Donation

So shines a good deed in a weary world. This International Folkboat is ready for a new home in a youth sailing program.

©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Reader Michael Colin emailed an interesting request the other day: "I have a cherished 1973 International Folkboat located at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard that I’d like to donate to a youth sailing program that will actually use it and not just sell it. Would you be willing to run a little blurb to see if I can get any takers?" We’re suckers for a good cause, especially kids’ sailing programs, so we readily agreed.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this one says Colin’s Folkboat doesn’t appear to be trashed.

© 2010 Michael Colin

From the photos and specs, including a survey from ’04, Colin’s boat appears to be a clean and basic boat — while it doesn’t have a galley or water tanks, it does include a PortaPotti, cockpit and interior cushions, newer sails, Autohelm tillerpilot, VHF, GPS, PFDs, a new battery and more.

To find out if this would be a good addition to your youth program’s fleet, contact Colin directly — but please don’t bother him if you can’t commit to actually using the boat, or you want to buy the boat for personal use.

© 2010 Michael Colin

"To be clear," Colin continued, "I’m only interested in donating the boat to a bona fide non-profit youth sailing program that will commit to using it for instruction rather than selling it." Email Colin if your program can make such a committment.

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