Hi all. My wife and I bought Maggie Drum, our Whitby 42 CC, in 1999. No real sailing experience and no experience working on boats, large or small. I took a job as a newbie (at age 50) at a local full service
boatyard as a marine
electrician and general tech. Took possession of our boat from the Canadian owner (who took her to the South Pacific
for many years before coming back to BC), and bare-knuckled it to our slip in Anacortes.
We took everything in bite sized chunks to get used to sailing and general boat handling. I learned a ton about boats over 5 years in the boatyard. We refitted MD over that time, including 11 months on the hard
in the yard. New wiring
, new plumbing
, new Andersen winches, new sails
, new electronics
, bottom job, yada yada yada. All except the external cosmetics. She was pretty well equipped anyway - just a lot of well-used and older equipment
. Learned to love boating
and the boating
community in some of the best coastal and inshore areas in the world - except for rain and cool weather
all the time.
Finally took her south to Mexico
and started real cruising. Wow - we loved it. Most of all the community but also exploring new places and even the passages. Took the big plunge towards French Polynesia
and then to NZ and back from the other Pacific Islands. Reluctantly sold her and moved back to Anacortes.
Now we have the bug again and are looking for a new offshore-capable boat - 37-42 (may be a good 44) range. We don't have a lot of money
so that means classic plastic, hopefully already sorted out and equipped by someone who has had to change his/her offshore
plans and now selling the boat. Just missed a good boat in Mexico
(Tayana 42) but will keep on looking.
Just like most of you, I won't let a modest bit of experience get in the way of my opinions, although I hope I will be politer then some of the posts I have read. I will thank in advance for any and all advice. The Forum is excellent and we are happy to be getting wet again.