Geesh folks, Let's see, where to start? Mom was from Czechoslovakia and Dad was From France
. They met on a boat coming to America in 1945. I was born in 1946 so language wasn't a problem. That started my life. In the middle I lived and now I'm retired. That's about it.
My "fools errand" is also going to take me to Havre de Grace, Maryland
, Virginia, North Carolina
. I have 7 boats to look at on this journey that seem to fit my needs. There's even a privately owned Westsail 32 on the short list. It has no wooden decks and all repairs
have been made. The headliner
needs reinstalled. I'm just waiting for the pretty old boat to come ashore and the owners to contact me before I set out on a quest. I have no time limit for this trip. I have family
and Havre de Grace, I'll need a hotel
in Virginia, I have family
in North Carolina
and I'll need hotels in northern Florida
. I have friends near Melbourne with a cozy spare room.
I didn't understand the rules of posting
well enough to know that a biography and an itinerary were necessary. I apologize for my ignorance. I have been blessed with an inordinate amount of common sense and I have belonged to a group that lists their membership
in the top 1% of IQ's worldwide since I was in high school
(1963 join date). I'm no dummy even though I may sometimes be impulsive.
If the boat is a total wreck, of course I wouldn't buy it but if in needs a repair that I feel can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable amount of labor/money then the condition would not be a deal breaker. As was mentioned, the ASKING price
is $25000 and my budget
is $50,000. If I can get it for 20K that would leave 30K for repairs
. Well above what should be needed. Similar, older boats made of wood have sold for $50,000 or more (still not perfect) so the cost of repairs may not be enough.......or it may.
Since my first destination
, if my journey begins in Annapolis, then I'll travel the ICW
and outside to get to Florida. I've read nearly every post that I could find on that trip. I've been on other sites and I know what inlets are currently shoaling, where the shallow parts
are, what my draft
has to be, bridge heights where to go outside and where to sneak back in. I have downloaded electronic charts
, I have my paper charts
for nearly everywhere I could go without being lost
. I have a sextant
that I know how to use and I have several GPS
The question will be my abilities to handle my boat in varying conditions that will be expected during this trip. I have very few doubts that I will be fine barring any major malfunction
. I have taken a 20' beach catamaran
several times and can comfortably sail in force 5 winds. Force 6 is a bit of a stretch in a 400 pound boat with about 250 feet of sail and a reacher/drifter but it is doable. I hope to know enough about sail trim to allow this to be a non-issue in a bigger cruiser.
Over the past few years I have read books
, storm tactics, boat trim, boat systems and I have taken a 6 month night course on diesel engine
repair. I build my own engines and am a master electrician and a whiz at electronics
. I've rebuilt V-drives on my friends houseboat with no problems.I have hove to in a monohull
(I know it's harder on a full keel
boat). I have a 36' motorhome that has many similar systems to a sailboat. Water
pumps, inverters, power converters, tankage and generators to name a few. I fix it when necessary.
Although I may be on a "Fools Journey" I have heard that God loves drunks and fools. Still haven't heard from the owners but I try constantly.
Thanks for the insight but before I go..........the saying about drunks and fools......well, no, I don't drink to excess (very often) and never when I depend on my abilities to save my hide.