Much to the chagrin of the first mate, I REFUSE to count anything too small to live on, so....
I decided I wanted a sail boat. Long difficult decision because half the people I talked to told me I should get a power boat
. The other half sail. I bought a Reinell
26. Roomy boat, but that fake fur interior
just wouldn't stay up.
Then, I decided maybe my friends were right and bought a Cruisers 256 power boat
. Nice boat, but so heavy it wore me out just getting it to the water and lauched. Nice heavy hull
though, and I liked the lay out.
About ten years ago, my wife and I were staying part time at our house, and part time on the power boat while I worked at a boat shop. I had a regular customer with a Newport
30 and an A4 I used to keep alive for him. He talked about selling it, and I had the bug bad to go cruising, so we started seriously looking. Starting with his boat. We also looked at the trimaran that had been on stands by our shop, but the owner wanted too much money
We finally found a 34' Angleman Sea Spirit. I knew a little about wood boats, but more importantly, I had discovered the personality of a boat. We bought it, brought it back from the dead, and spent 4 years sailing her and living aboard
(Had to sell the house to finance the restoration).
After 4 years, we started to feel cramped, and although we brought the boat back to seaworthy
, she was many hours, and many dollars away from complete.
We got talked into buying
a 55' Schooner, but sold it back to the previous owner after about 6 months when he still had not come up with the correct paperwork.
We still had the Angleman, and moved back aboard. We decided to haul out
and continue the work, but having lived aboard on the hard
before, we opted to by a 40' ferro
boat. It was not seaworthy
, but for a year, it was a live aboard.
We then moved back on to the Angleman.
At this point, the angleman was still long way from where we wanted her to be, so we started looking.
In the mean time, since it is always hard to go sailing on a whim when you live aboard, I bought a 1928 Angleman 28' sloop to day sail. This was Kai Nui. She was a great boat for a couple years, but finally, I had to sell her for financial reasons.
Around that time, I had an opportunity to buy a Challenger 40. This was the boat we had dreamt of. We bought her, sold the Angleman, and sailed her for the past 4 years.
Unfortunately, there was a problem. Actually, a couple. One, my wife is terrified of sailing this boat due to the size. It is intimidating to her, so her enthusiasm dwindled.
Two, she has back problems. A serious pain in the neck besides me.
At some point, I wanted to spend more time single
handing, so I found a 28' wooden double ender, Kittiwake. She was a great boat. We did allot of weekends on her, and I spent allot of time singlehanding
her as well.
Finally, my wife's neck pain got to the point she could not even handle day sailing
in calm conditions, so we decided we needed to go to a different plan. We started to look at multi hulls. We noticed the trimaran we originally looked at was still there, and no work going on. We got it for, well, I am not saying, but it was cheap
Having three boats sucked, so we sold Kittiwake.
We are almost ready to launch the trimaran, and as soon as that happens, the Challenger goes up for sale
From this, I have learned the following:
If the crew is not happy, the skipper
will not be happy.
A bigger boat is not always a better boat.
I am not a power boater.
Projects always look smaller on paper.
That old truckers adage, when refering to sleepers, one wide and two deep, does not work for a live aboard boat.
And finally, I am never buying
boat again. NEVER NEVER NEVER!