As I mentioned in the now closed Rapture post, I drove out to Kingston Ontario
to have a look at this boat:
I spent an hour or so looking at her, inside and out. On the one hand, she talks to me, but on the other hand, the previous owner was a 5 foot high very skinny guy, and rebuilt the cabin
accordingly. I couldn't even get into the forward cabin
, the space to walk through is only 14 inchs wide. I don't even fit sideways. The galley
is nicely laid out, but its about 6 inchs lower than any I've ever seen before, and the folding table is permanently bolted in the center of the cabin, with only 6-7 inchs between it and the settees on either side.
The boat is in very good condition, I don't think I've ever seen an engine
space as clean as this one was. She appears to be insulated all over, and the gear
aboard is comprehensive. The fellows plan was to do some water
sailing but he never had the chance. He died recently, sorry to say.
Anyway I went there with the intent to possibly purchase
her and put Sabre
Dance on the block. My situation is this. I am coming to the end of my working life, and want a boat that suits, within the next year and a half. I have already put $38K into Sabre
Dance, and am looking at a minimum of $20k to get her the way I want her. So, this other boat, if it had been perfect would have cost me about $32-35K, be ready to go and I could recover about $20-25k from Sabre Dance.
I've got some serious thinking to do over the next couple of days. The other boat is very nicely done, the folding table is cherry wood I think, and its beautiful. So If I buy it I'll have to rework half the interior
again to fit me which would be a real shame. This is pretty much what I have to do to Sabre Dance, as well as replace the engine
I'll let you all know how it works out in about a week.