It was a Moorings Charter Fleet boat. I had chartered other boats from Moorings and BVI Yacht Charter and other private boats in the area previously. Went down to look as several in the late summer and selected this one... almost like new compared to several I viewed and it was apparently a distress sale
of some kind. Sea trials, 2 days worth, were really great and survey
proved good with a few minor repairs
and I got a new dink and motor
tossed in. Did some work on her, last trip down and going to spend much of my time doing more this trip. Not hard stuff... changing lighting
to LED's, adding radios and ground plane, restocking the kitchen equipment
and upgrade the electrical system
(first of several).
Discovered I can ship to St Thomas far cheaper than Tortola and no duty cost. Having a bunch of stuff delivered in St. Thomas and will pick up when I go over to pick up my first set of guest crew.
Later in year will have arch put on her with solar
cells and wind
gen and upgrade antenna
, possible add cabin
I'll probably spend a total of about 5 months on her 2008 and hope to make that about 8 or 9 in 2009... most on the hook.
When I start thinking about it... the feeling to do the pee pee dance comes over me!!