Thanks for the great welcome! I am finding that folks who really love sailing are a fascinating bunch, and a lot like me, which I didn't expect. I have to agree with the "nudges are destiny" comments, because that's really what it felt like the first time I stepped on board. I took a look around and the word "Yes" kept repeating in my mind. This was literally the first time I had ever been on a sailboat. The owner was nervous that I would think it was too small, but the close quarters feels so safe and and private, which is really important to me. Also, the fact that I work close to 60 hours a week and mostly need a place to sleep, read books
and work on my art projects kind of makes having a large living area unimportant. It amazes me how much cheaper it is to live onboard, considering the neighborhood I live in. For what I pay for the slip, I couldn't rent a tool shed, much less an apartment with no roommates. The sacrifices in space and luxury are more than repaid in the privacy and freedom that living onboard has to offer.
To answer a couple of questions: The boat is 25 feet and in pretty great shape, considering her age. Good sails
, good mast
, good hull
. Needs a good cleaning
and painting which is on my list in a couple of months. The previous owner did a lot of work on the inside so it's different than most '69 models. Once she's officially mine, (June 20th!!!) I will name her "Odessa", which is a name from one of my favorite books
. ("I Know This Much Is True" - Wally Lamb)
Lastly, my beloved cat Sylvester is living onboard with me, and I have been delighted with how he's taken to it. We used to live on a farm where he had a ton of grass and trees to romp around in, so at first I felt a little guilty about moving to an urban marina. The first night we were onboard, he disappeared for 24 hours and scared me to death, but he adapted pretty quick and now explores the marina just like he did on the farm. I am a little nervous to take him out in the future, and would love to hear about other folks who have taken their cats out sailing for the first time, and some handy tricks on how to make that easier for them.
Thanks again so much for the warm reception! Looking forward to being a part of the community.