Hi to all fellows sailors!
My name is Chacko (English version for easier pronunciation LOL) and I'm from the Netherlands
3 years ago I bought my “dream boat” – it’s rather a project
, lots of work
still needs to be done. She was built in 1963 and was intended for the Bermuda race
She is really a very beautiful and fast boat
- 39 ft sloop
made by Maquit.
But my own procrastination and other personal circumstances delayed this big dream of my life - to have a cruising lifestyle and maybe end up in DR in the future.
But I finally did it - got my stuff together, now shipping
to Ft. Lauderdale a nice dinghy
, new engine
for my boat
, power tools, etc. I’ve already booked my flight and will arrive in Miami
on April 5th this year, of course.
My boat is at the moment located in Ft. Lauderdale at a private dock
nearby 1131-6 SW 9 ave. (that’s where I’ve bought it and visited her only once since)
So, I am still new to the area and don’t know anybody in Ft. Lauderdale to whom I can turn for an advice and maybe even help.
I am looking now for an affordable dry dock
in Ft Lauderdale – place where I can Do-It-Myself I am quite experienced myself in every kind of boat works/fixing – mechanical, electrical
, etc. and would be glad to offer my best service
to anyone who needs - in gratitude for your help and advice.
I intend to tow her with my dinghy
to the nearest Marina by myself. (Maybe one of you can give me a hand with that?) or maybe advice me about affordable boat tow service
As far as a dry dock amenities, I’ve found only these places:
Banyan Bay Marine Center - a Full Service Marina - Rates
Diy – Do It Yourself | Anglers Avenue Marine Center | Fort Lauderdale Marina
Amenities at our Marina in Ft. Lauderdale - Hurricane Boat Storage | Marina Road Boat Yard
Basically, I am looking for a cheap
marina with a dry dock in Ft Lauderdale – DIY
Anyone knows of a better place maybe? I would really appreciate your advice. Due to all recent huge expenses and travel costs, my budget
is getting kind of low.
don’t offer “liveaboard”, so I would like to ask if any of you - who lives in Ft. Lauderdale can offer me a short-term stay (maybe a week) at you place, whatever it is – your boat, house, or just putting my tent in your backyard - for moderate price
or in exchange for my services.
I have plenty of sailing experience – for several years in the past I was a Captain
of my own charter
business on my previous sailboat “Loveda” near Barcelona
. My hobby besides sailing - is rebuilding/restoration of antique cars and houses’ renovation
(it was my business actually) Yes, I have a lot of expertise in all kinds of repairs
and I am highly regarded by people (and customers) in my country
for multiple skills and quality of work
I look so much forward to this big change in my life and joining this happy and so friendly sailing community! J I would greatly appreciate any advice and/or help from any of you.
There is still some work to be done before I start cruising live-aboard lifestyle, but as soon as I have my boat on the dry dock, I can do it myself in short time.
There is not anymore an engine
in it, so I need to:
-Install the engine
-a dry dock lift
the boat for
-cleaning underwater hull
-new anti fouling
-check/replace thru-hull mushrooms valves
-check/repair prob-shaft bearing
Pending technical condition I estimate 7 day's work. And then – just sail away to the Dominican Republic
, maybe cruising the Caribbeans and further…
I would be very grateful for any advice or help.