Stop me if you've heard this before - I'm 39, recently separated, think I'm pretty handy and love the water
. Please talk me down.
So, here's the deal, when I left house and home, I went to my 21.5' Cuddy Cabin
for a month. I loved it. There were many challenges, but my cuddy's been in a marina for 5 years for a reason and I love life in the harbor. I'm not that attached to many things, except my dog, bird, clothes and tools. I don't plan to do this forever; I have a plan for next year (jan 14), but right now I really want to be in the marina. I live in Hampton Roads
, Va. I'm an electrical engineer
and have an enlisted propulsion
background from USN.
Next piece of info: I've wanted a bigger boat, ideally a cruiser for about 2.5 years. So, as I've been evaluating my options, I've looked for a boat I would buy if I wasn't planning to live aboard, again thinking this is temporaray. I want(ed) a boat that I could recreattionally fish
, spend a lot of time aboard, enjoy complete access to the water
and not feel intimidated about driving.
I've looked through a few and again, it's just me, my small parrot and maybe my golden retriever. I started off with a 2004 Amberjack 290 that I liked. The deal fell apart because of the owners and I moved on. I also hated the fuel
economy. Then, the live aboard aspect didn't work for that boat at all.
So, I looked at a few "practical" options, notably a 31' Trojan and a couple of other typical small-ish live aboard. That's when it happened - I fell in love with a high maintenance
She's a 1967 32' woodie Grand Banks
. The romantic sailor loves everything about this boat. I think it's within my capabilities to pilot, lots of great space, fuel
sipping economy. She has lots of surface cosmetic neglect, but the engine
and bones look great. All the surfaces actually seem solid, in good shape and just need to be either sanded, painted, or shined. All seemingly within my capability. It has this great allure, absolutely stunningly beautiful and I seem to have an abudance of spare time on my hands at this stage of my life.
I have an offer in. I've gone to sea trial. I've found one of the toughtest marine
surveyor's in the area and am a check away from contracting him to go look next week. If I pull the trigger, I'm about 2 weeks from purchase
. The sea trial just impressed the hell out of me. I have a couple of specific concerns with the boat, that are outside of my expertise, but the marine surveyor
and a local woodie restorer listened to my concerns, intelligently asked questions and seemed to think I still had a solid boat.
So, this is my first post on this forum. I know how these go on lots of other forums
. Please ask me tough questions and please help me hear more doubt.
I really, really love this boat. I really want to shine her up to her original glory and spend a quality year living aboard
her. Then, I don't know what I'll do. There is no local place to shelter her for the winter. She'll need to stay in the water. Beyond my year of solitude, I'll still be able to care for her, lovingly, but again, at this point, I don't think I'll live on her forever.
Let me say one more time, I really, really love this boat.