Well now… For those of you that have sailed with me this season out of Salty Sam’s Marina on Magic Wind, I want to let you know that the deal is closed as of May 31, 2007. Magic Wind has a new owner and I visited her at Burnt Store Marina where the broker kept her during the sale.
She looks good. Mike the new owner is a nice enough guy and I feel that he is going to give a good new home in Sarasota, Florida. In fact Magic Wind is going to give him a nice new home too. Mike is going to live aboard her and treat her with the love and respect that she deserves. He has moved some of his nautical antiques onboard and is moving in and making her a comfy little home. Mike was burnt out of his place a few months ago and being an avid sailor made the choice to find a vessel that would fit his needs as a good home.
I know he has done well.
As for brokers… After being on both ends of sailing deals, I’m just not sure who they really represent. In my buying experience with Star of Orion, the broker was well just a paper shuffler. And on the other hand on my selling experience the broker was made mistakes that cost me without taking responsibility. So if you have to deal with these guys, look them over good. Dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s”… Twice. Because in my opinion, they just work for themselves and really don’t care about the buyer or seller. It’s just a payday for them and that’s it. Be careful of Marina Yacht Brokers at Burnt Store Marina for one. I guess to be successful in that business you have to have a little used car salesmen in you. Enough said. I’m done ranting about that and today is a new day.
The good side is that Magic Wind sold fast and she got a good home. The rest is just the… Once again, enough said…
I’m going to turn you on to a good cruising site. There is this guy named Alex and he is going around the world on a 28 footer. You really need to go up and read his blogs at: http://www.ProjectBlueSphere.com. You will learn what it’s like to be out there, by yourself in a little boat. It’s a great site and he can use your support. So if you get involved in his adventure, drop him a donation, or buy one of his DVD’s. My hat goes off to him and his efforts. It’s the love and passion of sailing that keeps us all on the sea.
I’m not the kind of captain that wants to buzz around the world, but I’m on the water three to five times a week and when I have time off from taking passengers I schedule a week or two sailing with my wife Pat. We enjoy the Gulf Coast of Florida and there are so many places to visit and gunk hole that it’s going to take years to see them all.
Star of Orion is working hard and is looking forward to her new bottom job. Me too for that matter. June and July are the months for that project. It will be exciting.
She did have a starting problem. I’d turn the key and it would take several turns to get her to kick over. Now she always did, but I didn’t like the problem. I researched it on the Internet and found a form that discussed the problem. For you sailors out there that may have the same problem here’s what I found was a fix.
Ron my engine Guru put a relay on the starter solenoid. That’s it. No more problem. Thanks t the Internet for all the sailors that discussed this issue and pointed me in the right direction. The Internet is an amazing place for this type of stuff.
We’ve got a big soaker coming in this weekend, so I’m heading down to batten down the hatches and check the lines. We can sure use the rain here and I’m glad to be in port while this one blows through.
Be sure and keep an eye on the site this summer as new projects and packages pop up and information will change as time passed.
Thanks again for sailing with me and Magic Wind Adventure Sailing. Give me a call anytime to discuss your sailing adventures. I’ll be here for you.