Thanks everyone. I have been reading this forum every day. There is a wealth of information here and everyone is so helpful.
A little about us. We are in our early 50s. We have 5 adult children
living happily in the states. We adopted our son, JJ, at his birth 7 years ago. We came to St. Croix 5 years ago to look at a boat. The boat was too expensive and a total mess. Fell in love with St. Croix, bought a house. It is a project
house but we didn't know it was a project
house when we bought it.
There was a beautiful boat here on St. Croix that we always admired. Her name is the Parrot Head
. Last year her owner crashed his plane and died. The boat sat and sat. We gathered as much information that we could about the boat and found out she was in limbo. All kinds of liens attached, taxes
ect. We called the bank and made an offer. It took some work and a few months to get it all worked out. Removing liens and trying to recover items removed from the boat. But finally we were successful.
The owner had just had her hauled out to maitinence her hull
. He had also pulled her engine
. He had ordered a new engine, transmission
and other items. At his death those items were sitting on the dock
waiting to be picked up. Needless to say they were all sent back and we didn't get them. Someone had also removed some of the electronics
. We were able to retrieve some items, the sails
windless, rolling furler
and a few other things.
We had her surveyed and know everything we need to fix and that is what we are doing. Hubby is an ex deep sea diver in the Navy
and then worked the next 10 years as a civilian Navy
diver doing ships husbandry. He has cleaned the hulls and repaired nearly every ship in the fleet.
We just dropped in the new engine and everyday we are working on the boat. Hubby says that we must know everything about her before we sail, down to the last wire. We know her history
and have talked a few times to her builder
We have lots of work to do learning
everything but it is a new adventure and I cannot wait.
You guys are great. Thanks for all the encouragement.