Having gone through the decision process of whether to sell Sabre
Dance and buy a new boat, or do a major refit
on her, I finally came to the conclusion (after some months of of catatonia, mumbling and twitching
) that selling her off and buying
a new one just wasn't worth the money
aspect unless I could find the perfect steel
boat that met my every need and desire. Hmmm. That's about as likely as me getting a date with Evangeline Lily or Kate Beckinsale.
it is. I'm anticipating a year to do what I need to do in order to get her livable and back in the water
with a new engine
and a roughed out interior
. The clock has started, and I hope to have her ready for launch next April, with the rest of our fleet, also coordinating the complete liquidation of all my shore assets and a move to permanent live aboard status.
Having gone through a refit with several other boats and friends boats, I realize that having a pressure relief available to calm ones nerves after spending a hot afternoon in the bowels ripping out or re building things is indicated, and an evening afloat with a sixpack of beer
is the best possible solution. To that end I just spend 3 weeks scrambling round to purchase
a plastic spit kit for my mental health
Believe me it has been quite the chase. I've been phoning people all over southern Ontario
, looking to buy a boat of some sort, with the one requirement being that it had to be a trailer sailor. The second requirement was that it had to be complete turn key. You would not believe the number of people who A) won't respond to messages, B) won't cancel an ad after their boat was sold, C) lie through their teeth on a Kijiji ad and D) seriously under price
their boats by mistake.
I've had 5 that never returned my call, 2 that called back to say the boat was sold a few weeks ago, 3 where the boat turned out to be a water
filled wreck that only vaguely resembled the ad photos, and 3 decent boats sold sight unseen before I could even get an answer from the seller. Finally I found one locally, that I managed to get to see yesterday. The seller told me that there were 2 other potential buyers coming to see it but I should come anyway. Having gone through the above experiences, I took a chance and showed up 2 hours early for the meet, cash in hand, and scoped the boat out before anyone else showed up. The owner showed about an hour after I got there, and I bought the boat right then and there. His first potential buyer never showed up. The second showed up an hour late. By that time the deal was done and we were loading gear
into my truck. The other guy freaked. Sorry buddy, you snooze, you lose.
Anyway, long story short, I just bought an 81 Buccaneer 250 by United Sailing Yachts. Complete, very good condition with lots of extras, on a tandem axle trailer. Awning, microwave, Refrigerator
, stereo, Chrysler outboard
, two anchors and rode
, 3 headsails and a slightly mouse eaten spinnaker
. (that's off to the sail maker tomorrow) The only gigs I could find was a flat tire on the trailer, ( got a spare with the deal), the compass
is frozen, and someone scarfed the VHF antenna
. Otherwise, she's in great shape, bone dry inside, and ready to launch. I'll be moving her from Ontario
Place to my club on Tuesday and spending a week giving her a bottom paint
job, a power washing
, and a buff job on the finish. Then she goes kerplunk and I have some stress relief while doing the refit on Sabre
Dance. The best part was the price
. $3500. I was budgeting $5k for my mental health
I'm thinking that after I'm done with her I'll either sell her or donate her to my club for the youth sailing program. They've been talking about starting one up, but no boats.