Originally Posted by siamese
The person, not the boat. Uh, uh.
It's the boat you're taking home, not the person. I would suggest to anyone looking for a boat to purchase
to disregard what the owner has to say, unless they accidentally tell you something about the boat they should have kept to themselves.
People are difficult to evaluate. Boats, less so. Much less. Do a good inspection
yourself and hire a good surveyor
. You'll likely need a survey
to obtain insurance
Sorry if I didn't get into the spirit of your post, but...
We'll see next week when I go see her for the first time and pay the man.
The man is a highly successful in life, very intelligent. Academy Award
winner, Peabody, Golden Globe, documentary film maker. Lives in an exclusive area, clearly has plenty of resources. He is knowledgeable about his boat, and sailing. The yard has done all the work
, and he has had them do all the work
they have suggested over the years.
He's going to split the cost of a new headsail with me, because although the current
R/F is serviceable, he doesn't feel right selling a boat that isn't "ready to go". He has backups for everything. The boat is launched and sailing, not rotting in a yard.
I've talked to probably 20 owners over the last month. This is the guy. This is the boat. We're stoked! Cautiously.
As for a bigger boat, likely correct. I know the deal, started sailing a 16 foot AMF Bandit when I was 7. Freedom 21 by 10 years old, we sailed all of LI sound. 4 years later, Sabre
34. Sailed from NYC
to East Penobscot. Bristol 35.5, then Able 42. A little Blue Water
moving a big Hinckley. Raced a Tartan 41, and Bene 34. I sailed a bunch of big boats, and hung out with very experienced sailors as we cruised and raced. I know where this all goes, and it's calling to me after 20 years in the Green Mtns exploring every mtn, river, trail. This boat will be back in the briny sea before all is said and done, and we may sail away forever on a P 424 or the like....if the family
even enjoys sailing at all.
I might be a little ahead of myself, the boat might be rotted, and the search continues...but the search is fun! She'll be a great boat for Champlain, and could take us pretty far before the NEED for more boat.