Time for an update!
26' Columbia 1966
Wes, my husband, went on a trial sail on this bad boy last Friday. Very solid boat indeed. Full keel, I think, and solid fiberglass hull
. I couldn't go on the sailing excursion because I'm too pregnant--vertigo, dehydration, etc. just not a good idea.
So they head
out early evening Friday. Not the easiest time to sail--same time as the weekly races--lots of boat traffic. I checked out the boat, met the owner, and decided to wait in the car while they did a quick buoy run.
So an hour goes by and my parking expires. I'm texting my husband asking if they're okay and he isn't responding. I'm getting worried. Turns out the 7hp outboard petered out right after they left the harbor. (This is the motor
the owner wanted us to pay extra for, by the way.) One of the tacks to come back in was unsuccessful and they ended up about 4 feet off of magic island, facing all the gawking tourists and on full display of all the Friday night racing
A few racers stopped by to give them a tow back to the slip and all they had to pay was the hefty price of pride and taking a few jabs about not doing it right.
When I finally did meet up with my husband, he never wanted to sail again. It was a very bad experience. He ended up coming around. We had an appointment with our good friend who is a boat broker
for the Cal
24 on Saturday and Wes was back and focused when we met up with Brad.
1. Wes doesn't like the positioning of the traveler on this boat. I think it was too far back and got in the way while steering
with the tiller.
2. The tiller is positioned at a weird angle (I think Wes said this).
3. The boat is too heavy and clunky for a beginner. If we mess something up, we need to be able to course-correct as quickly as possible. Lighter boat is needed. We won't be able to do as much with a lighter boat but maybe we aren't ready to go to another island or around Oahu
4. We need a very strong, reliable engine
to use like training
wheels and for peace of mind until we are super salty.
5. Wes is awesome to keep up the search and not throw in the towel.
Still haven't seen this one. This is the owner who stood us up after we wasted an hour in traffic getting around to Ewa Beach. And I really don't do well in traffic, especially with this vertigo. But that Atomic 4 engine
is looking pretty good now after the cruel death of the Columbia's 7hp hunk of junk. Interior
layout looks good too.
We're planning to give it a look. This boat could take us to other islands one day.
($14k, would offer $9-$10k)
1972 Cal T/4 24'
We really liked this one. Saw it Saturday after Friday's drama, and its small size, maneuverability, and similarity to the Cal 20
were all big pluses in our book. The owner apparently poured lots of money
into it--new hardware
on all of the rigging
, great condition amenities, even these little over-the-top "fender tenders"
Turns out these are less than $12 on Amazon, but it just shows you the attention to detail this guy has.
Of course there's a catch. The salon's ceiling has a bit of rot
and needs to be replaced. Water's seeped in through a screw. The deck's fiberglass is okay, fortunately. It's about 2 square feet of space. Is this hard to fix? It would be our first handyman project
. Would we be in over our heads? Would we ever be able to confidently walk across that part of the deck
We're loving that fin keel for now. I hate that heeling stability and responsive maneuverability are a trade
1979 Nautica 27'
Saw this one on Sunday. No head
closet is a deal breaker for me, being that my biological plumbing
requires a little more privacy and amenities for relieving myself. The boat needs to be comfortable for me and my girlfriends, so no head closet, no boat sale
. The engine is a 1-cylinder diesel
inboard--we want more than that.
The boat was nice though and in much better condition than the 26' Columbia. The owner used to teach sailing to troubled teens. I think we will give him a call and see if he's interested in earning a little extra cash giving us 2 or 3 lessons once we find a boat.
As far as this newest find--the Rhodes, we're back to the peeing in privacy problem. Sorry, I should have mentioned this requirement sooner.
I don't think a porta potty under the v-berth will work for me or my fellow female friends. The location isn't the problem, but the lack of privacy would be. We pretty much want something really comfortable for anchoring
off of Waikiki and SQUBA / snorkeling. Something easy and safe for us to learn on.
We got an extension on the slip, so the search is not so dire, but we still want to have this nautical "baby" by August so we can focus on human baby literally due on Labor Day in September.
Thanks again for all of the advice! We are getting closer!