Apart from a little experience sailing dinghies on Lake Ontario
, Iím new to the sailing game
, but Iíve been dreaming about a boat for about eighteen years. Recently, the job/education game
has finally brought me to Vancouver after a lot of time spent far from any water
, so I decided to seize on the chance to finally do some sailing.
I just completed a real newbie boat search Ė four months ago, I started by searching for a $50k liveaboard
, but as I learned and searched and learned some more, I sobered and simplified my plans. Finally, a week ago, I settled upon a nice, basic outboard-only 27í Catalina
with a moorage at Reed Point Marina, which Iíll use as a weekender (and as an occasional day-office).
My cat isnít a project
boat, but the previous owner bought it and then ignored it completely for a year. When it was hauled out for the survey
, there was a jungle on its hull
Ė one of the employees of the marina said it was the second-worst heíd ever seen. (When we scraped down the hull
and power-washed it, it left a heap the length of the boat and about eight inches deep Ė about eight wheelbarrows full.)
But, I bought my poor neglected baby, and now Iím in the middle of cleaning
it up, doing repairs
, and updating its equipment
(as well as taking a CYA sailing course, to learn the basics of keelboats). Itís not a resurrection job, but certainly a rehabilitation project
Ė and a great learning
Naturally, Iím in the process of asking stupid questions and trying to sort through a whole heap of written advice, as well as the typically-good-but-often-mercenary advice of marine
part suppliers, repairmen, etc. So, Iím looking forward to sopping up advice from the forums!