Greetings Cruising folks and thanks for all the advice and information I've gotten and will get in the future. After lurking a while, posting
once, and really enjoying all the chat going on it figured it was time to join the community more formally.
After a teen life of sailing small boats, and a little 470 racing
in college, I let the boating
life slip away. Silly me. But you get in your middle years, kids
are out of college....and you get tired of looking at all the boats from shore. So I joined a sailing club/school in Seattle
and learned to sail again. Actually, the sailing was still there...it was handling the larger boats and not hitting other boats or the dock
...that was the real lessons for the better part of 1.5 years. Great thing about the club was trying different types of boats to find out what you like and what works well in the Northwest.
This summer we finally tired of hauling gear
to the club boats every day...and we took the plunge. Four months of searching brought us to a 1981 Hinterhoeller Niagra 35 foot sloop
. Found a great surveyor
, negotiated a good price
, and since August we've been sailing and outfitting the s/v Marie. Love it. She's big enough for guests, but still small enough that I can single
hand her where I want to go. She's not so beamy as some of the new cruising boats...and that means she knifes smartly through wave and wake. I love that.
My nieces and nephews have suddenly discovered new reasons to come to Seattle
, which I love. And the small one's quickly find the storage
locker filled with eye patches and bandanas. Arrgh!. They keep asking me to re-christen her with a pirate ship name, like "The Disgraceful Strumpet." But I'll resist.
Anyway, if you're on the Puget Sound
and you see her transom slip by, give us a wave.