- About Ryan H
- Vessel Make/ model
- Grampian 26, Mercury 15, Formosa 41
- Vessel Name
- s/v Victory
- here's a hint... I'm on a sailing forum...
- My first boat washed up out of a swamp near my house when I was 6 years old. It was a styrofoam and plastic Snark sailboat with a tree growing out of the centerboard trunk. I actually tracked down the original owner and traded the rigging and hardware for a dock I built out of a tree fort, it wasn't much of a boat but I sailed it solo on the monponsett lake almost every day during the summer time for my entire childhood :P
My second boat was a Cape Cod Builders Mercury 15 in poor shape that I bought when I was 17 years old from a neighbor for 25 cents. I spent most of the summer priming and painting the old crazed fiberglass, replaced the rotten wood that supported the centerboard trunk, removed, welded and painted the old swing centerboard, replaced some of the running rigging, and filled and epoxied the rudder. The boat came with a trailer that let me sail either on my lake or Plymouth bay and I got my first taste of salt water sailing.
I got my Grampian 26 for free from craigslist. The previous owner was the head manager for a restaurant in Provincetown called the Townsend Lobster. The boat was stored behind the restaurant, the restaurant was going out of business and the boat had to go. I got a hydraulic trailer to bring to my work space and spent 13 months bringing it from a beer soaked empty hull to a nice, sailable 'Pocket' liveaboard I lived on in Boston harbor until june of 2017.
Most recently I accidentally acquired a somewhat neglected Formosa 41 She's a beautiful boat in surprising good condition for something that sat on the hard for almost 20 years. Ive spent three years rebuilding every square inch of every system she's got and launched her in July of 2017. The shakedown cruise was a 180 mile sail from Barrington cove in Narragansett bay, thru the cape cod canal and up to the Quincy backwaters just south of Boston. She only broke down once and we were able to make repairs while under way. Since then She's seen about every square inch of the boston harbor islands and all the surrounding backwaters and bays that she can fit in, while I continue to work on finishing updating all her systems and completing the work she needs to be able to go further abroad.
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