Hello to all!
Well, I did it. Bought a fixer -- Hardin Seawolf aka Formosa
41 CT 41
-- a traditional looking older boat -- after the 1st mate actually said "do it!" I teak
she liked the wood.
I'm semi retired. I've sailed since I before I could walk, but haven't had a sailboat since I moved to the Midwest in the mid 90's, so I really needed this boat. Ok, here's the ketch
-- I live in Kansas City and the Boat is in Baltimore
. Frequent flyer miles, anyone?
This is not as crazy as it sounds, since we plan on using this boat as our "home away from home" to do the Chesapeake, and later, other areas.
We've got a season of fix-up ahead, and I will be needing some good advice and counsel.... other than the boatyards' helpful (=costly) recommendations. (the boatyard I have is really excellent, I will say)
So, while it is cold and wintery outside, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on, and becoming good friends with Don Casey and Nigel Calder, as I read their books
. Also, doing some window shopping
on all the neat stuff you can spend your childrens' inheritance on.
The boat is very sound, had lots of tender
loving care, up until 5 years ago, when 2nd owner apparently didn't know the meaning of the word maintenance
. Brightwork is sad. Spars need painting. Sails
and refurbing. Instruments are so 1990's. Bottom has to be sanded - you can't just keep putting coats of bottom paint
on forever. The masts... oh, the masts... they are wood... and I worry about rot
found nothing. Of course, they didn't sail her in 25 knot
winds and do a hard tack. Plumbing
is interesting... lots of custom "whats that" stuff. Electrical
is needing some simplification (like how about a new, organized panel?). 2nd owner took the air conditioning
units off the boat, which seems strange given that the Chesapeake gets a little warm and humid in the summer.
Other than that, I'm a West Coast
sailor about to tackle a new ocean. Any suggestions are welcome, including referrals to psychological counseling for buying
the boat, financial counseling for the hole in the water
, etc. etc.