We're back from our boat hunting trip and it appears that we fell in love with the wrong boat...a 1975 41' Islander Freeport
in great condition. I read what ya'll have said about the Islanders, but... will the bigger engine
recently replaced with rebuilt 100 hp Nissan
, fresh water
pump, battery charger
, princess stove, 2 new heads and maserator
w/ east coast
, speed, wind
6 kw generator
4 House batteries-1 dedicated for engine, 1 for generator
It is documented
We looked at it twice, the guy loves the boat and hates to part with it, he spent the last year replacing what was needed but is now in a tax crunch and the wife says it has to go.
We have 6 years before retirement
and plan to sail (weekends) the lower east coast-N.C. & FL and the Bahamas
(vacation), usually with friends aboard. However, we had hoped for a blue water
cruiser after retirement
We looked at 14 boats! This is the only one where we agreed and fell in love upon boarding--the boat looks like it has had constant care and attention and is so clean. She will neeed a paint
job and minor cosmetics but has all we wanted and more.
So now what? Do we just give up our dream boat and keep looking? Just forget using her as a blue water boat? Shuck her because of the open galley
and floor plan? And most of all, should we wait and find a Tartan TOCK?
Can someone explain the real problems with big windows and the open floor plan? Would her weight not compensate for being "thrown around"?
I have pics, just don't know how to get them here!
Thanks guys, you know what a big decision this is.