Our NEXT sailing adventure!
In early September 2019 we were boat-less, once again, land dwellers, gainfully employed like all respectful souls ought to be. Life is good! BUT, Karin and I started talking about the “next” boat.
This is very dangerous and precarious downhill slippery slope.
It wasn’t too long before we identified what we wanted:
– Weekender sailboat for the gulf islands and beyond
– Must be a capable upwind and light-wind boat
– Standing headroom below
– Shower, cooking facilities, heater, fridge and holding tank
– Once refurbished, budget under $20k
– About 30′ and a respected brand
The search began in earnest. Its amazing what one finds on Yachtworld! Almost immediately we saw just what might be suitable – in North Vancouver. After discussion with the broker we were far less enthusiastic. He admitted that this was a PROJECT BOAT. That quickly dampened our initial enthusiasm. Karin knows that I am somewhat OCD, and we wanted to sail THIS coming summer of 2020, not the following year! We continued the search.
We did the unthinkable, yes, we made an offer on the “project”!
It was accepted. With what was almost “buyer’s remorse” we went over to North Vancouver, closed the deal and hopped on-board for the two-day delivery back to Victoria. What a great sail! We ploughed across the Strait of Georgia doing 8 knots with all white sails up. This baby moves!