Have: 37' 2001 Fortuna Island Spirit, located in St Kitts
3 years ago we were looking for a small monohull
to buy but it was a buyers market and we stumbled upon a cat for a good price
. Since that time however we've had some serious financial issues and a serious family
issue which has prevented us from using the boat the way we planned (day sailing as opposed to distance sailing). Overall the boat is very solid but needs some work and we cant keep up with our family
-Both engines completely and recently overhauled.
throughout (was struck by lightening 2 years ago, ALL electrics and electronics
replaced except engine
-New stays and diamonds as well. Traveller recently replaced as well.
, and hull
recently inspected. No issues with hull
(no blistering, etc) except for small issue listed below.
-Needs a new boom
-Main sail is workable, but will need replacing soon. Foresail is in decent shape, but needs some minor stitching on the cover and near the ring.
-Needs bottom paint
-Needs a bypass water
intake for the engines, the sail drive intakes keep fouling up.
-There was a repair done sometime by one of the previous owners on the inside corner of the port hull that has now cracked and has come open allowing some water
to enter the hull. Looks very repairable, it seems the prior repair maybe was not done properly but well covered. Im guessing based on what I can see though rather than an actual history
. The spot is very limited and confined. It appears someone just covered it with gel coat filler rather than fill the fiber glass as well its finally come out.
has a bit of weep
-Needs new external cushions
-Minor metal work needed at bridle
The marina here is very expensive and so we keep it anchored, but its an issue with small kids
in and out every weekend etc. The kids
are well adjusted and great swimmers but as we are mainly using it as a weekend boat there is a lot of onloading and offloading and the associated "griping" from my SO who likes to take a ton of stuff... A smaller boat we can probably afford the marina fees
and fix her main gripe about getting on and off all the time with everyone/everything involved. We also often have handicap issues which of course is an issue with anchoring
I dont want to sell it and if I have to will just put it on the hard
for the next 2-3 years while I work slowly on these items and keep it in shape otherwise until we get some financials sorted out.
However my wife had a suggestion that I figured I'd at least consider..... Seeing if someone wanted to trade
it for a newer smaller monohull that didnt have such pending work. Also a monohull would be smaller so we could afford to keep in the marina, and there are fewer hulls, engines, etc to maintain.
So I cant say Im totally sold on her idea but I'll entertain offers.... I certainly would not turn down a good offer if someone is interested in a swap.