Thanks for the replies. To answer the type of boat we are on, we are on a 1982 Beneteau
First 42. History
on the boat is that she was built in France
(actually all the First 42's were built there) and was originally commissioned in South Hampten (that's why our sail number is K7771) I am told she placed 2nd in division in the 1984 Isle of Wright series; but, I can't confirm that. She was originally bought to do weekend stuff and port to port races (in the Great Lakes). She is most certainly not competetive anymore, as there have been way to many modifications to make her a descent liveaboard
. She is, however, a fast cruiser.
Can't really give all a good answer on the cost of "Cruising", as the time that we took was more vacation
syle, than actual cruising. Plus much had to be done to the boat to make her as cruisable as she is now. Before she goes full time cruising, she has to have renewable energy (wind and solar), watermaker
, safety gear
(Liferaft/Epirb ect) and a new RIB
. That's about all we have to do, yet. Oh yeah, we still gotta get the kitty fattened up too.
I do see one of the forum members, Hylite, posting
every now and then, she is a First 42, also, I think down in Florida
. Would love to find out what has been done to her.
We do love our boat!! "As is said, you gotta love what they look like when you row away from them." And I do.