Well Here We Go…
As most of you know, Capt. Ron and I went to Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos to find Trillium. She’s a good boat for the price but she wasn’t for me. After coming home and working on “Plan B” I realized that I still wanted a boat to live on and take my friends sailing every once in a while. So the search was on.
Since I’m looking for a big boat, the list was short and I knew what I was looking for. Here’s a list of my thoughts as to what kind of boat I want. Sure it’s a wish list, but that’s where I start:
1. Large enough to live on. Be comfy. and have room to move.
2. In good shape. Not a lot of issues. I don’t want a project boat.
3. 2 state rooms and 2 heads w/showers.
4. Strong engine and transmission.
5. Good sails and rigging.
6. Deck space
7. Electronics enough to get me around and all working.
8. Generator to run the AC.
9. Clean and dry (as possible) bilge.
10. Minimal wood.
11. Good galley for Pat to play in.
12. No ol’ boat smell.
13. A good bed.
14. Safe place to put the dinghy.
15. Strong ground tackle.
16. … and she just has to “feel” good. That’s the most important!
So the search is on. I’m looking at a vessel right now that has 95% of what I’m looking for in a vessel. I’m not going to let the cat out of the bag at this time, because, as I’ve learned, things change. BUT keep an eye on this blog and I’ll keep you posted as to what’s going on and how the process is working.
Buying a boat from an owner is always my preference, but dealing with brokers is always, to say the least interesting. It’s good to have a someone that is on your side, but in my experience, I can’t figure out who the broker really works for. They say that they work for the seller, but I’ve been on both ends and I always have to watch closely to make sure that it all works. Enough said about that for now.
So there you have it. I’m searching, I’m looking, and I may have a boat that fits the bill.
Be sure and keep up with us. We’ll be here for you and sailing in Fort Myers Beach is alive and well. When you get down to Fort Myers Beach, just call, I’ll be able to get you out on the water. Magic Wind Adventure Sailing is sailing daily.
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