A hasty inspection was arranged, yard logistics were sorted out, an offer was made, and presto! The boys were now proud owners of a $2,500 yacht. Right away, they set to work to strip the bottom, patch some dings, and ready O Canada for a long coastal hop to Florida and who-knows-where. When they launched the boat, the rigger at the yard was impressed, or perhaps amazed, that the hull floated, the mast stood, and the Atomic 4 engine fired right up. Based on all that, I'm told, he offered a quite optimistic assessment of the boat's potential. On the maiden sail home, it got even better when the engine continued to run and it became apparent that the sails were in rather good condition.