I wanted to say thanks for the advice and information I've received from this site in the last few weeks. I was reading for some time before I registered so I was a lurker for a bit.
My wife and I took the "plunge" and bought a 'training boat' yesterday.
The boat is a Macgregor
Venture 25. I got her home yesterday evening - and have started a blog to document our journey.
The boat has never been named, needs a little work, but not too much. We're going to use her over the summer to practice sailing techniques.
We're going to be in classes in March - at the advice of some of the folks here, to have someone SHOW us proper technique and so forth. We're reading all we can get our hands on, and will get the class material beforehand so we can study and pass our tests first time.
The blog has a few pictures - one of which might interest some of you
We actually signed the paperwork and bought the boat at 11313 feet altitude above sea level
Was a fun thing, and a very... "interesting" ride back down the mountain. I had not towed ANYTHING in nearly twenty years, let alone a 2300 something pound boat and trailer.
I spent today ripping the "guts" out of the boat removing a lot of stuff, and some wood, carpet and other things that just have to go.
I'll be replacing the wiring
, the "ceiling" (it was a plywood
covered with carpet) with some nice wood and redoing cushions
, replacing or rebuilding the stove.
needs replacing (I'll be building one) and refinishing the tiller.
mounting and hardware
have all been removed and I'll be replacing some parts
The boat appears to have never had water
IN it - and I found a few minor incidents of previous leaks
, all easily fixed.
The one major thing I found was the rudder
brackets are mounted through a heavy plywood
board inside the stern and this appears to be the original work. It's messy. The board is rotted and requires replacement.
All-in-all, this boat - which has a drop-down keel
(weighted at about 625 pounds or so) is very good condition.
it's been in Colorado since 1991 (I made a few phone
calls and traced it's history
The last owner is from Louisiana and owned several boats in the past, but was a 60 yr old bachelor who really used the boat one season on the Blue Mesa Reservoir. The boat spent the last ten years there, so I know two of the owners.
The PREVIOUS owner brought it from out of state. I'm trying to determine if she was in the ocean at all. So far, no luck.
Here's the strange thing about the boat... in all her twenty-nine years (born in August 1979) she has never been named at all. There were no "logs" per se, and there's no painting or anything that would indicate a name. The last owner said he was told it was never named either.
Here's the blog - and the soon-to-be name of the vessel... Cleaning out the Old | Winds of Change
Enjoy. Some pictures there of me, the "Admiral", the boat... and some of my writing.
By the way - I'm going to say this here, even if someone doesn't LIKE it - tough - the name has NOTHING to do with the current
election, Obama or his nonsense. The "Winds of Change" is what my wife and I are going through and what this world seems to be doing around us.
After 50-something years on this planet, I am sincerely getting tired of "day-to-day" existence, going to work, and doing all the crap that other people bleed me for. I'm actually sick of it.
I'm ready to call it quits, retire.. and move on with real life, the life I should have lived a long, long time ago before I got married and had kids
, had responsibility and was a "good citizen".
Now, I want freedom. I now understand the REAL pirates of the Caribbean
- and not their lawlessness, but rather their need for Freedom.
I have FOUGHT for freedom for more than thirty years in the military and in my jobs with the government
. It's time to move on, time to take a break and time to fish
... time to travel, visit places, and see people again, as people and not adversaries.
I sure hope you all wish me luck with that....