Thanks for the affirmation that it was indeed a sound purchase! The boat is moored in the Multnomah Channel, although I am currently in SE Alaska
finishing out my work contract
before moving back down South. I'm here for another month, but I have friends to go and check on her to make sure she's okay. Just last week my friend went and reported no funky smells, a dry bilge
, and the heater/dehumidifier still running.
The main selling point for me was the full galley
; I cook almost all of my meals
from scratch so hotplate life is not for me. The propane
system seems to work
fine, with the exception of a slightly leaky valve on the tank itself which is a cheap
and easy fix.
The on demand water heater
, and may or may not work (haven't had enough time to fiddle with it), although without an onboard shower
there is no reason to have one. I just use an electric
tea kettle for coffee, tea, and dish washing
. If I decide to use a water heater
, I will most likely replace the electric with a propane
Every other system on board is in good working condition, even the refrigerator/freezer which the previous owner thought was broken. The only two issues that affect the liveability are the broken tiller handle, which I am going to have a fully aluminum
replacement machined, and a slight leak in one of the windows above the v-berth (simple re-caulking job). She definitely needs a good scrub, but luckily a 27'er can be hauled out on a trailer
easily and a friend of the family
just so happens to have a sailboat trailer
I can use.
The cushion covers are some kind of faux-suede that seems stain resistant, but I doubt can be machine washed, so I plan on having new covers made out of a material I can just throw in the wash. They are actually fairly comfortable for sleeping, but I'm going to pick up a roll of memory foam to cut an extra layer for the v-berth.
The only thing left after all that will be to change the name...not a huge fan of Le Mer Dame (The Sea Lady). I'm thinking Mercyful Fate would be a more fitting name for this particular vessel.