Just joined the site and what a great place to be!
This winter we sold our beloved 29' Seafarer "New Light" and purchased a 1978 Cheoy Lee
(Ray Richards design) 32' ketch
"Experiment" that was located in FL. So we're waiting anxiously for the snow to stop (we live in a suburb of NYC
, and the boat will be moored in City Island, da Bronx, NY) so our yard can launch the docks and we can have her trucked north.
No, I am not a mad scientist. The previous owner named the boat and we like it. Cheoy Lee's are built in China
, and "Experiment" was the first boat flying the American flag to sail non-stop from the U.S. (NY) to China
. It was a Hudson
, not the most seaworthy
ocean-going design but nontheless made the trip without incident. We live overlooking the Hudson
River so the name made even more sense.
As an infrequent contributor (writing and photography) to "Good Old Boat" magazine, I am all too aware of the amount of work it takes to put a classic plastic (and teak) boat into shape. This boat was lucky enough to have a dedicated, meticulous and hard-working owner, Bill Dunwoodie, who revitalized it to near-Bristol condition. We only have to raise the sails
and go! No teak deck leaks
(he re-caulked them), seven coats of Epifane varnish
on all the teak
(including the spars) and 1,001 modifications and upgrades including 100 gallons of water
, H&C pressure water
, etc. The teak
, however, will keep us busy during the off season.
We'll post photos soon.
Gary & Ann Miller