I've been having so much fun reading posts I decided to go for a swim in this shark tank.
: 1983 36' Bruce Roberts
Spray 36A steel cutter
. I just bought her a few weeks ago and the best yard to haul and have work
needed done (grit blast, epoxy
hull) is in Alabama
. I have sailed since before I was born. This is a heavy tank of a boat
though she moves surprisingly well in light air. A thorough survey
pointed out concerns on the bottom coat so that is the first order of business.
First leg in early October (weather permitting) from Hernando Beach, FL to Bayou La Batre, AL. Not an extended offshore passage
but more than a day sail. Not for the totally inexperienced looking for a good time but may be right for someone with experience or training looking for more experience. It is hurricane
season through October in the Gulf after all. Also, more than 24 hours on the water
crossing open water
, avoiding the notorious Big Bend. Course plan is to sail straight west then due north.
I'd appreciate experience with Steiner Shipyard or the passage
from Hernando Beach (N of Tampa, FL) to Mobile, AL. Plan after yard work and outfitting: November 2013: down to the Dry Tortugas
, Virgin Islands
, clockwise around the Gulf then (June 2014) sail up the western Atlantic and across to Britain and Scandinavia.