Hello to all on this forum. I've been stalking this site for years now, but have never joined until today. Thought I would wait until I actually bought a boat of my own. So let me tell you'll what happened. I've been honing my sailing skills navigating the wide world of the internet
and tooling around on my fishing kayak
. (ok nothing what so ever to do with sailing)... I've done countless hours of research
and finally decided on a few boats that I think would suit my needs. I narrowed it down to either a Wauquiez 38 hood
design or a 38 Shannon, both boats are top the line built 80's cruisers. The problem was I could never find a hood
that was original enough and the previous owner had not done something to the interior
. The Shannon's I fell in love with were typically all Ketches and never having sailed a ketch
I really was not sure about them. To top it all off I'm not an experienced sailor and both of those are serious boats. I've done many day sails
over the years with my best friend and his family
. I'm confident enough to do solo sailing in the bay on a 26' sloop
rigged boat, but I just didn't know enough about the dynamics of truly sailing. After finally telling myself I really needed a smaller boat for a few years to practice on, learn how to rebuild
diesels, learn the communication equipment
, and how to repair or trouble shoot anything that comes my way.
This is where the title for this post comes in.. I recently became the proud owner of a 1970 23' Glander Cay. The boat is in decent condition and I have already begun tackling the obvious issues. The rudder
was all messed up. Rotted wood here and there. Rigging
ECT. Oh and the 1GM will not go over 1k
, yes I have a gem of a boat. To be honest I think I have narrowed down the diesel
issue, to either the exhaust
or the injector, would have known by now but dropped my wrenches in the bilge
.. Those things are deep, WOW. The rudder
cheeks are being remade along with a new custom tiller, by Craven boat building in Kemah
Tx. The boat has really nice crisp white sails
and wooden hatches everywhere, so I called up Deb over at TNT marine
to make some hatch
covers and sail covers. I've been cleaning
it for days along with minor other work. I'm making a repair list as I go. The bow is slightly rotted and the top of the transom is too. The rotted areas are a concern but not a show stopper, I know how to fix it properly.
Oh, why I bought this boat???? Well lets just say it was love at first sight. She might be short and fat but she's all mine.
If anyone knows much about these boats chime in and say hi.
Anyway nice to meet all of you.