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Old 04-04-2010, 15:30   #1
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We Did It !

After almost a year of planning and daydreaming...

Killing myself getting the house ready to sell, biting my nails and panicing for months waiting for the house to sell, going insane for three weeks waiting for closing, and then finding a boat.... and finally...

WE DID IT!

Our New Boat:
1977 Newport Mark II Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

We motored into our slip yesterday afternoon without incident... (we are extreme novices, never sailed, or operated a boat this large before)

We are waiting for our liveaboard application to be processed before we can move aboard... one more week at the inlaws

The previous owner spent over $25k on it in the last 7 years, including a new head/holding tank/plumbing, new cushions & canvas, dripless shaft, some engine work, etc. And it is extremely clean!

Our plans include:
Cold plate conversion for icebox
new gps/chartplotter
building a bunkbed out of the stbd setee
replacing those awful curtains

I am also considering adding a third house battery and either a solar or wind generator.

So we are ready to move aboard!
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Old 04-04-2010, 15:38   #2
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Congrats! She's a fine-looking boat, but I gotta agree with you about replacing those awful curtains. Something without the nautical theme, perhaps? Trust me, when people go down below in your new digs, they'll know they're on a boat without the curtains needing to advertise the nauticality.
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Old 04-04-2010, 15:43   #3
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Aw geez, I think I mentioned the curtains in another thread on gelcoat cracks. I only meant to say that I wouldn't be too concerned about the cracks. Put the curtain replacement way down at the bottom of your work list.

Think about an evaporator plate system for the icebox conversion. It will work much better than a cold plate for your application.

Bunkbed? You mean adding an additional pipe berth or pilot berth? Or do you plan something permanent?

Congrats!

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Old 04-04-2010, 16:08   #4
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I meant an evap plate...

Yes, a bunkbed! The seatback is removable and can be placed over the seating area horizontally. I am designing a second piece similar to the seatback that I can place next to it. Only the supports will be permanent.

I doubt I articulated myself well enough... anyhow if it turns out half as well as I picture it, it'll be great... I will post pics when finished.
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Old 04-04-2010, 16:10   #5
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Thats a very pretty yacht, congratulations . The interior is very clean and tidy. BTW I acutally like the curtains, but they don't match the rest of the yachts colour scheme. Recon you should e bay them with the cushions, someone will be delighted with them

What stops the anchor swinging and clouting the GRP ? particularly if you take a wave over the bow.

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I don't know ... if everyone had matching pajamas those curtasins could really work! Congratulations :-)
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what a lovely lass she is! and never mind the drapes... thats like a hair cut... it wears out ; -}

With that galley I would put an overhead shelf like this, either enclosed like this or just a shelf with VERY deep fiddle all around!

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Awesome guys! Way to go and actually do it. You will have to keep us informed on how things are going and how you like living aboard. Congrats
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Think about the bunkbed a second or third time before going forward with the change. I learned on my first night at sea not to pick the top bunk in a smaller boat. I like sleeping real close to the floor when the floor is under motion.
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Hopefully this works... my plan for the bunkbed.

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Normally curtains would be way down my list of priorities(just ask my wife) but I agree, those have got to go!
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Congratulations!
For a liveaboard 30 your choice has about the most room. Almost bought one back in the late 80s and they are extremely roomy. The bunkbed idea is something I've thought of doing myself. As mentioned it can be done as a foldable so that you can convert it back when not in use.
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Congrats! Looks roomy for a 30'
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Old 07-04-2010, 20:11   #15
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It has about as much room as some 36' boats I looked at.

We just got our liveaboard application approved... we start moving this weekend!
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