I'm Sarah, and living in Port Moody, BC a suburb of Vancouver BC. My boyfriend and I just bought our first "big" boat, and the boat which will hopefully take us across blue oceans. We're in our late twenties, and the plan is to head
off to the wild blue yonder in 2014 or 2015 to the South Pacific
, and beyond. We've both spend our lives around boats, but are fairly new to owning one ourselves. We had (well technically still have, as she's not sold yet) a older 24' race
boat. We finally accepted that there were only so many projects we could add to that boat, and alas she remained only 24'. Explorations further afield would require significant additions (fuel, water
power. etc.) and it made more sense to simply move up to the size we wanted now.
The new girl is Wildheart, a 1976 Douglas 32. She's a heavy cruiser, with a full keel
with a forefoot cutout. Somewhat remarkably, she still sails
beautifully. She's well mannered, balances well, and is a joy in heavier weather
(not that we've seen much yet!) Structurally, she's in great shape, though needing some love and attention, and extensive additions. I'm a very lucky gal in that the other half of this venture is an incredibly handy mechanic
, with a background in the marine
industry; we hope that all of the projects (excluding standing rigging
and sails) will be able to handled by the two of us. Hopefully this will keep costs to the merely cringe-worthy, as compared to panic-causing.
As the months pass, we'll have a variety of questions about equipment
choices and installation
options, skills to learn, places to visit, living aboard
before we head
off cruising, tips on not trying to intentionally throw each other overboard
and general advice on "livin' the life".
Here's coming home from the August Long weekend crossing the Georgia
Straight just W of Porlier Pass. Please disregard the poor sail shape; we were pinching to try and round the boat that took this picture. (which is a Cal
27 I think, and which we spanked btw
)We also had too much sail up, as we have no headsail furling
yet, and we were experimenting with keeping our massive dinghy
on the foredeck. We discovered that having that dinghy
there meant that access to the forestay to change headsails just wasn't going to happen. Yes, we were being lazy. tsk tsk. Lesson: perhaps have the smaller headsail up ahead of time!
Looking forward to the advice this board has to offer!