I have been nosing around the past couple of months for a boat and finally came across a Craigslist ad for a 1977 Islander 26' for $1000.00. I rarely use Craigslist due to people not responding, or the old...... "I sold it a month ago"
. I decided to send a email
anyways. To my surprise the owner called me within a couple of hours. We met the next morning at a nice little marina in Portsmouth. I checked in at the office and told the guy I was looking for the owner of the 26' Islander. The man at the counter was the owner of the facility and he was really nice and informative. He told me that the seller was a very nice guy and I would really like him. It turned out that I had walked right past him in the parking lot.
We ended up meeting at his slip and went through the usual poking around. It was sold after about 5 minutes, but we ended up talking for over a hour and a half about our personal histories. We were both sailors. He was in the Iranian Navy
and I retired from the US Navy
. We both drove 18 wheelers for a number of years as owner operators for Schneider National. I went to Engineman "A" school
in 1977 and learned diesels alongside of many Iranian sailors that he had served with. We were both pretty amazed with our common background. We could have gone on all day long but our schedules were pretty full. Our meeting ended up with me being the new owner, and the seller being my new friend and neighbor. He has a bigger boat now 1 pier over from me.
The Boat is dry and in decent shape overall. Good sail sheets
and some fairly new rigging
. The bottom needs a good cleaning
, blister check, and paint