So we were wondering what to do in about 4 years when we could at least semi retire from full time work, and that's how we ended up with a little bit of an oddball boat! OHHHH yes we looked at Bennes, Jennes cats, Hunters, many beautiful classics(and a few real dogs) but one that we had looked at earlier kept nagging at me. A 1984 Carter 35 built at Northshore Yachts in Essex UK, designed by Dick Carter or at least out of his office and during the 80's there were quite a few great names that went through there. Hello Bob Perry
Solid glass hull
, a transom hung rudder
, low hours 3GM
, almost new sails
, simple systems, everything worked or at least was easily accessible to fix, and to make it better it was cheap!!.....Oh yes and a fully retractable 5800lb lifting keel
, 2ft10in draft
later it was ours, it came out quite well, no blisters
, thru hulls good basically a sound base to build on, the surveyor
liked her as well.
We sailed her down to Bradenton Beach where we will keep her for a year then a haul out
and take her home to Sebring where I have a yard with workshop, spend a year for a top to bottom refit
then back to the water
for 2 more years of building up experience. Why a year before the refit
? we wanted to know what we wanted to do, we want to have a plan before the refit so it doesn't end up as a two year refit lol.
I'll post some more later,