Hi, we just bought a 1979 Catalina
25, Serenity, that my wife and I plan to use to get our feet wet for cruising. In the meantime, I need to remember how to sail again since it's been at least 15 years since I last sailed, and that was mostly Lazers and 420s. And more importantly, how to deal with a keel boat
, outboard motor
, sailboat maintenance
, etc. We have some projects planned for just about everything on the boat
, but are starting with the interior
So far, we motored her to her new slip, where I re-learned how to turn off an outboard
a little later than I would have liked to, and took her for our first sail which went great until we couldn't get the outboard started when it was time to head
home! The gas cap vent did the trick when nothing else worked, which my wife figured out by googling on her phone
as I sailed in circles in the channel with just the mainsail
up. Good times!
Still, we love it, even with my outboard operating issues! It's a beautiful place to relax and escape the cabin
fever of the house, even just sitting at the dock
, and we're really excited to get her (and us!) ready for an overnight and eventually heading to Catalina Island
for our first real trip.