We have gotten a few comments that there was too much reading and not enough photos on our last thread and wanted to make the second part of this with all the photos and videos. Hopefully more enjoyable for folks to follow, I know I like tons of photos.
To recap this, my wife and I have wanted a sailboat for a very long time and finally took the plunge. We searched Yacht World, Craigslist, this forum, eBay, Etc. What we were looking for was a full or modified full keel
and solid fiberglass
we wanted two quarter births and a dinette layout ideally which we didn't find. We bought a 32' Ericson
that came with a trailer
that was complexly gutted with hopes of rebuilding it. It ended up being way too much of a project
so we got rid of the boat
and kept the trailer
which was a triple axle beast.
We ended up finding a guy in San Diego
selling a Columbia
29 that looked like it might work
but it had a trailer already and the seller didn't want to sell them separately. We didn't even bother going down to look at it even though the boat
Fast forward several months I am now deployed overseas and one night just happen to open craigslist under boats for San Diego
. Itís the Columbia
29 again but now without the trailer and the seller says $10 takes it. Said he was tired of paying insurance
and slip fees
and just needs it gone! I emailed him immediately and didn't hear back for a few days. He and his wife did eventually respond and provided a phone
number. I called them and we spoke briefly and they ended up giving the boat to us for $10 even though they had received into the hundreds of emails in a short time.
We were over the moon to say the least and scrambled to send a check out, obtain bills of sale
, seek insurance
(thanks GEICO and Boat US), transferred the slip over to us, etc. When I got home from the deployment my wife and I packed up the two kids
and two dogs
and drove from rural Montana to San Diego to recover the boat and see it for the first time in person.
As you can imagine it was hectic trying to get everything sorted like new trailer tires, the haul-out, etc. But we got it done and ended up loving the boat as soon as we saw her. We motored a few miles up to the boat yard without much excitement, except the windex fell from the mast
and almost impaled my wife and son. Getting the boat placed onto our trailer took forever though because I had miscalculated the blocks needed to support her.
That should give you all a little bit to work
with and more to come, but we had almost no experience with boats and had gone sailing only a few times and online boating
courses. So, what happens from here is we are getting the boat back to working order and looking good and ready for adventures with our family
And yes, we are crazy with hopes of coastal cruising a family
of four in a 29-foot sailboat.
Meet Sailing Vessel Endurance.