Well as the title says, it's been a mixed bag the last couple days.
On Friday, I got a call from the detailer: the guy who assigns officers to jobs. It seems the XO of the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Saratoga Springs, NY is rolling to be an XO at sea (the job I want but may not get at this rate). They need someone to fill the job in NY in February or so, and I was the first guy on his list. Bright side: it's an XO job, which basically guarantees my being selected for promotion to Commander in a year and a half or so. That's a serious pay raise and a serious boost to retirement income
when I'm done with this Navy
bit. Down side: we have to leave Charleston and move to upstate New York
.....in February! Brrrr..... Ok that's not THAT bad. The bad part, as far as this forum is concerned, is that I will have neither the time nor the $ to truck or sail Icefire up the East Coast
and the Hudson
to be anywhere near us. She's secure on the mooring
here, but come next hurricane
season, it could get dicey with us in NY and the boat here. I could haul her and store her on the hard
, but again that's $ that I don't want to spend right now with a move, and our little man needing heart surgery in the next year or two.
Long story short: I love the boat, but think it's time to sell her. The Admiral really is feeling the need for more boat space anyway, and is leery of doing much sailing until the kiddies are a bit bigger. So it's not like I'd get a whole lot of use from her.
So if anyone's in the market for a great little cruiser, drop me a line. She's tough and pretty, though the paint
job does need to be redone (part of her stripe got worn off over the summer in Annapolis
as she rubbed against the dock
slipped, and again since I wasn't there......
). The Atomic 4 runs like a champ (just had the head gasket
, thermostat, and all engine
instruments replaced, courtesy of Chief Engineer). We did the ICW
a couple months ago from Annapolis
without a hitch, except for some bad fuel
at the beginning (check out my blog at sailandstars.blogspot.com for the diary of the trip if you want proof).
: Main and 150%, decent condition. Cruising chute with sock, good condition. Roller furling
: needs repair/replacement (it seized during the run down the Chesapeake). Standard Horizon CP-170C chartplotter
with up to date charts
. Standard horizon VHF
with command mike at helm
(needs a new belt). Raytheon radar
(works great, but the repeater isn't permanently mounted right now; I intended to mount it on a swing arm so it will be viewable from the helm
, but haven't done it yet). Speed log and fathometer. New Lewmar hatch
up forward last year. Lewmar
40ST winches. Rocna
with 40 ft G-4 chain and 125 ft octoplait rode
FX-23 kedge/stern anchor
with 6 ft chain and 200 ft 2-plait rode
. 20 lb CQR
backup with 6 ft chain and 100+ ft 2-plait rode. 2 Mustang survival hydrostatic-inflated harnesses with strobes and lanyards. Nylon jackline system. Handheld VHF
. 20 gallons water
. 18 gallons fuel
. 20 gallon holding tank
. Alcohol stove (works great). Good-sized ice box (I typically use 40 lbs of ice to start, then refill in 20 lb intervals). Starting and deep cycle house battery
and manual built-in bilge
pumps. Portable bilge pump
. My plan was to haul her next summer to do a new bottom job (it's been a couple years) and fix the topside paint
: Walker Bay Watertender 9.4 hard dinghy
with Johnson 2-stroke 4.5 hp outboard
, 6 gallon fuel tank
, and oars.
: helical mooring installed by professional diver in early 2009. High quality pickup buoy and pendant. Mooring is located at the corner of the Ashley River and Wapoo Creek in Charleston (ICW mile 471).
I'm looking to sell them all. I'm thinking 18.5k for the lot, but I'll take offers.
I'll be posting
more info and pics on my blog and on craigslist charleston. PM or send an email
if you're interested!
Have a great day!