This may be a long story. I hope that I don't bore you all.
I purchased my 1980 Passport 45 ketch
Kanani in 1990, in Hawaii
To make a very long story short, I purchased her as insurance salvage
, spent 3 years totally rebuilding her then sailed her around the world from 1993-2000. (this was my second circumnavigation).
When I sold her in 2000, it was like selling one of my children
. It was and still is, quite painful as some of you might imagine.
The guy that I sold her to sailed her down to La Paz
and hauled her out for painting and left her on the hard
season (against my strongest advise).
In 2001 a hurricane
came through La Paz
(duh...what a shock
) and Kanani was blown over along with several other boats. The owner had Kanani put back in the water
and towed to another yard in La Paz where she has set, ever since.
One of the kind members of this forum saw her there in 2003 and sent me an email
. I jumped on a plane and flew down there. What I found broke my heart. Both masts were broken and a lot of the woodwork was damaged and decaying from sun-rot.
I could not contact the owner but my understanding is that he removed the engine
for some reason blah....blah.....blah. The yard wouldn't let me see down below.
of this forum just emailed me and informed me that she is still sitting in the same spot that she was 8 years ago but there is one big difference.......there are 2 new masts sitting on cradles right next to the boat
. The boat
now has a new owner and it seems that she will soon be free to ply the seas once again.
how a boat becomes a living thing to a sailor after such an intimate relationship, over so many years and experiences.
I certainly wish the new owner all of the luck in the world and I really don't think that he has any idea what a wonderful, strong sailboat he has purchased. If anyway, someone here knows who purchased Kanani, I would love to be able to give the new owner her rich history