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Old 03-06-2013, 14:39   #1
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Time to update my profile!

http://svchapaai.com

Well she is now my problem, um errr boat!

Chapa'ai a Bob Perry classic, 1981 Lafitte Cutter, a sloop for now though..

yes she has teak decks, yes there are a few small porthole leaks, yes there is work to be done, but she sails well, the hull itself is solid, the iron genny is only a few years old, and she is purty!
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Old 03-06-2013, 16:11   #2
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Congratulations, xeon,

Good on ya for staying with "Chapa'ai". May she take you safely where you have not yet gone.

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Old 03-06-2013, 16:14   #3
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Congrats Sean!

My wife and I are still in the slightly more distant planning phase (5-7 years) but reading your blog gives me hope. As luck would have it, we live in Austin too. We should sync up for a beer sometime and discuss "crazy" dreams.

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Old 03-06-2013, 19:41   #4
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Well I can't have beer I went gluten free.... but whiskey or rum or mexican martinis sound good
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Old 03-06-2013, 19:53   #5
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Nice one! Looks like you'll have lots of fun.
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Old 03-06-2013, 20:02   #6
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Fair Winds!
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Old 03-06-2013, 20:33   #7
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Congrats! Perry designs always look good and from what I've read sail better.
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Gratz, great boat! How long were you looking?
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:59   #9
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Gratz, great boat! How long were you looking?

Well I started looking +2 years ago... I was not ready to buy when I started looking. I had a 5 year plan that I am 1/2 way through. This was a bit on the outside of my buy timeline, but when I saw her pop up on YachtWorld, I had to put my finger on the trigger. She ticked enough of the "required boxes". Plus she was actually in Texas which was worth quite a bit.

I had a spreadsheet that I used to try and compare different boats. I started with a base value between 0 - 100 of how much I liked the boat boat. Then I had a list of equipment (rigging, engine, water tankage, fuel tankage, etc) that I gave a 1-10 score to. I would subtract score for distance or things i felt where negative. Now this was admittedly not really scientific, but since I was the one assigning the #'s they where at least consistent. And it did help with looking with my head too, not just my heart.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:01   #10
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Wow. Jumping from 27' to 44'. That skips over about four boats from the way I did things.

The Lafitte 44 is a lovely boat. I remember climbing down the companionway on one, the process involving about a zillion steps on the ladder, and thinking, "This boat needs an escalator."

Keep us posted.
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