At least that's what it feels like.
It's the 3rd date, and she's just opened up about her family
and telling me about her background.
I have the original USCG paperwork but the last registration
expired in 1999. I had some invoices from an old owner as well, whom I had been looking for. Yesterday I was aboard and my dock
neighbor asked if I was the owner. I replied yes, and he asked how long I had owned her. I told him that I had just bought her around two weeks ago or so. He said that he knew the boat
well, and that he hasn't seen her in years, and all of a sudden she's BACK IN HER EXACT SLIP she had been in when his best friend owned her.
We got to talking about his best fried who used to own her and I asked if he would pass on my contact info. I was able to talk to the previous owner last night via email
, and found out that he owned her from 2008-2010. He told me what he had done to the boat
, and then told me who he had bought it from, and that's where the story gets REALLY interesting.
I searched out the owners name he gave me, and it turns out that they are a part of my mariners group. I emailed them and got the whole scoop.
As it turns out, he is from Alabama
which is where she was purchased. She sustained some kind of hull
damage from a hurricane
around 1998/99, and the insurance
totaled her. Up until then she had been raced in the Bucaneer Yacht Club races in Mobile. Once he restored her he raced her for a few more years, and then trailered her to Lake Travis near Austin, where she continued her racing
career. He put many loving hours of care into her, and repainted her more than once. Prior to being moved from Alabama
, she was apparently sailed down to the Dry Tortugas
I'm now in the process of obtaining pictures of her from ALL of her previous owners that I can contact, and I plan to have them aboard over the next weeks to discuss anything they know about, or had repaired.
Gaining all of this information on her is absolutely blowing my mind, and I'm totally falling in love with her. It makes all the dollars spent and hours of time and energy that I'm putting into her all worth it! I just hope I can get her back into the pristine condition she was in when they were racing
Here are some of the photos that I've obtained so far.