Well, after a long time of dreaming and studying I have finally made an offer on a sailboat. It is an Ericsson 31 and after the survey
and sea trial, if it is all good...it's mine. If the survey
results or the sea trial are not to my liking, I can get outta the deal. So, it is a process and I am excited about it as it is bigger than the last sailboat i owned (a West Whight Potter 14). It has a new diesel engine
in it (a Universal 20hp...only 60 hours) and although it is an old boat (1977), If the survey shows water
damage, etc., I can just walk away. I did an initial eyeball and followed the suggestions from this forum. The decks seemed firm but what do I know. There was no bad smell, no mold
I could see, etc. The engine
was clean, the lockers were also. There was some water
in the bilge
, there were some seacocks/thru hulls i could see needed to be replaced. I'm sure the survey will uncover lots of surprises.
But if it pans out...I think it will be a good boat to get me and my wife out on the Chesapeake THIS SEASON and start learning
and developing our skills and eventually take it southward.