For all of those forum members, sailors, arm chair sailors, cruisers, daysailers, racers everyone who took the time to answer questions, provide advice, encouragement and information over the last few months, a huge and heartfelt thank you. My wife and I went from a pipe dream 3 months ago to signing the deal on a very well kept 1980 endeavor yesterday. For 36k, we have a fully equipped cruising boat, CQR/Danforth, all the electronics
one could want, plotter, 2 extra gps
, 3 vhfs, 2012 dingy and outboard
, great set of near new house and starting batterys, good sails
, standing and running rigging
, and get this....1980 endeavor with a professionally installed and working bow thruster?!?!? For total neophytes like us, that is probably worth the cost of the boat.
Even better is the people we got it from. I've heard boat people are the best there are, and I'm inclined to agree! They insisted we come back by and spend a full day with them going for a sail so the owners, one of whom has a gazillion years sailing experience and coast guard auxiallry can walk us through all the systems and operation of the boat, not only that they are going to delivery
the boat with us to the mooring
in boot key harbor. Which, is about .75 nm away haha. Saved a bundle on delivery
. All I need to do is upgrade the solar
for on the hook living and its turnkey.
We have a year to 2 of intense learning
and training ahead of us while living aboard
in a lovely cruiser friendly community(in florida
no less) and in a socioeconomic class I will kindly call "not starving" sail off for a 5 year cruise
at 40 years old.
Challenges ahead! Work, fustration, fear, arguments! But the dream is doable for those who have the right attitude in almost any circumstances.
If there is anyone here in boot key right now, feel free to pm an incoming neighbor, I'd love to pick brains for the cost of a nice home cooked dinner and your favorite beer!
Thanks again everyone!