Greetings all. Just a quick intro, as I search through countless posts, and websites to get up to speed.
I live in the Southern Tier of NY state, and have recently acquired a 1970 Islander Excalibur 26'. Needs the interior
refitted, a couple soft spots on the deck
repaired, an outboard
, and a bath. But it's a complete boat other than that, and I'm anxious to get her home in the next couple weeks from her marina, and start working under cover through the winter.
Ironically, I am also heading tomorrow to pick up a 1968 Hurley 22. Sole reason is for the custom-trailer, which will be modified to fit the Excalibur (the beam is near identical, the trailer supports the heavier Hurley, so I just have to add a little adjustment for the extra inches of draft
, and make sure the length is fine). However, the Hurley is supposed to be in near-sailing shape, just missing things inside like a head
, etc. So, I'll make sure it's stable, and either sell it sans trailer, part it out/scrap it (last resort), or if the Ex takes longer to work through than I hope, I'll likely float the Hurley and sail it while continuing to restore the Ex.
I do have to get more comfortable with sailing in general. I'm easily capable of the basics, but I've got a LOT more to get under my belt before I consider myself seaworthy
. This/these will be my starting point, and I can't wait. It's been a long time coming for me, a dream for the last 20 years, to get back on the water
, after my dad had to let his Mac 25 go. I've missed sailing since those days as a kid with him out on the weekends every so often.
Here's to a long journey ahead, and lots of learning
along the way!