Kind of thinking that it might be helpful to add a page to the blog where people could list items they would like to buy or sell--or trade. And maybe we could list tips on things that can substitute. (Such as the hinges from the O'Day Day Sailor for a hinge.) I was thinking maybe we could find somebody to cast the plugs for hinged mast conversion--or I could make them out of oak.
I would never advocate scrapping a hull that could be saved, but when it can't be saved, such a page could be a forum to list parts, sails, etc. (Heck I even know where you can find a free hull that's sound.)
If you think this is a good idea, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for following this blog. If you would like to send a picture of you and your boat, sail number, and a little narrative, I would love to post it for others to see.
* My wife would argue with the mild characterization, but she has never known any really hard-core sailors.