Id like to share my story, you see I'm a very lucky guy. I was in the market for a ocean going SV, a good friend received a call for a boat owner in Santa Cruz
Ca, the deal was the boat had to be gone by mid following week.
We drove over the hill, to Santa Cruz
, and my friend had to crawl around the gate, as we didn't get the key, communication issue, our fault. anyway four boats down sat my boat. I took one look and knew she was special.
A Hallberg RASSY
, Mistral 33. We went aboard the first thing we did was dip the engine oil
on the dip stick. Ooooooooo, this boat is a ggggoirgious.
Let's go, not interested in a boat with water
in the engine. As we exited the boat I just stood on shore and looked at her. God she just screamed at me to please give her a chance, to prove herself.
As we were driving out of the parking lot, I had to stop and simply admire her.
The boat was Free, it just had to be gone mid next week.
The boat also had no boom or main sail, we were told that an accidental jib
, had stripped both. So we had zero ways to move her. I wanted her, I wanted her badly. I was sick to my stomach, over loosing out.
We returned to Oregon
, me heart broken. This boat " Maliki was classy sleek, smooth and her owner and his kids
had taken wonderful care of her.
I was heart broken, I knew I would never see a generous deal like that ever again. That was a Friday.
Monday my associate calls me and informs me that the owners son had purchased a new SV, and needed the mooring
. My friend explained our situation of not being able to move her to the sons owners secretary, in the time this gentleman needed it moved.
I don't know the owners sons name, I wish I did, what a awesome man.
So the owners son, volunteers to have the boat towed to Moss Landing Ca, at his expense, and to pay mooring
for a month or two. My answer without hesitation was yes, yes yes.
I had received the latest survey
, and just could not believe my luck, and this families generosity. The Owner had been a Doctor, so I did some research
on him and learned this guy had been a fantastic surgeon, and had done many many good deeds for the Santa Cruz area.
I was at the boat in Moss Landing Ca, that next Monday, where I cleaned and cleaned the boat. After two days of spit shining the 1970s Swedish mahogany interior
, I was even more impressed. The good Dr, had clearly loved this boat, and took great care of her.
I pulled the motor
and have since rebuilt her. Purchased an extruded French Boom, and a new Main Sail from Peak sails
out of Hong Kong
. Everytime I go to my new friend, I just realize How lucky I am to receive such a fantastic gift.
In honor of the Dr, and his family
I'm intending on keeping her named, in his honor. Unless they want to use the name on their new boat
After she's totally back together, I would like to meet these folks and share their fathers boat with them, hopefully I will be able to show the family
my sincere gratitude, for their gift.
Every time I step on her, I feel the love and TLC, the good doc, had for her.
This will sound wierd, but this SV, just fits like a pair of leather slippers. She is an old classic
I've got a weeks worth of sanding
and staining the topside wood, that labor will be done and a nice dark stain, one which shows every grain of wood needs to be done.
Like I said, God smiled on me, I'm greatful.