I just joined although I've been lurking for years. I've been dreaming of getting a trailerable cruising boat
for over 40 years, which is why my username is Portager on most forums
. I finally purchased a 2000 Nimble Wanderer named Osprey last Wednesday 3/15/17. I joined because I'm looking for other Nimble Wanderer owners and other boat
owners who might be able to provide some useful advice.
When I bought Osprey, I also budgeted to got some differed maintenance
done (refinish the bright work), make some upgrades like adding bow and stern thrusters (to minimize docking
stress and simplify single
handed operation), repair the trailer
and buy a comfortable and capable tow vehicle to haul her all over the country.
We purchased a 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali, which has more than adequate towing capacity, because I heard boats tend to grow when you put them in water
and the 3500 HD will tow the boat we might upgrade to if Osprey turns out to be too small.
So far the repairs
to the trailer
are complete. She has all new disk brake assemblies, 6 new tires, 2 new spares and all new LED lights
On Friday we are scheduled to pull Osprey out of the water
and load her onto the trailer. Then a yet to be selected boat transport service
will haul her the 2,600 miles from Florida
to her new home in Southern California
. Then we'll get the registration
done before taking her to a boatyard for repairs
I'll post pictures once I figure out how to do that.