I only found about this today on Twitter (look for #nodday) - from Ninjabetic (aka George Simmons) that we will not be discussing anything to do with the D word. I am going to be my utmost best to not write about it today. I have not done such a difficult assignment I think since I was in high school, when I had to dissect a frog. Okay, maybe blogging about something nonD related isn't quite that bad.
So, alas, I was just trying to get your attention with the title of my blog above - though if you are serious about sailing in 5 easy steps - check out this link .
Now for the real stuff of my blog, for the past few weeks my hubby and I have developed what is known in the boating world as "two-footitise". Our 25' Catalina sailboat called the Fat Cat has been a great boat but we need abit more space as we're contemplating bringing the "children" with us (aka our two cats). Therefore, we decided we should go into debt because of these two furballs that we love. Sounds abit wacky does it not? Well, did I ever tell you that I was a mentally sane person? I thinkest not. Banged my head on my upholestered headboard of my bed a few too many times when I wasn't allowed to watch Captain Kirk in Star Trek (am I aging myself ... again??).
So, right now with the economy being the way it is, there are lots of boats to be found. Most of the good prices are to be found in the southern states. Our problem has been the distance in going down to see anything past a 6 hour drive, plus we're abit wary of buying a boat that has been in salt water. Looking for that perfect boat is not easy. You can do your research, look at pictures, talk to people (very helpful) - but it all comes down to seeing it in person, taking it for a sea trial, testing out the v-berth (very important - sleep comfort).
Well, we did find a few boats during our quest. Unfortunately, we lost out on one boat, a 1988 Catalina 30 that we fell in love with, but weren't sure about the being in debt bit that would come along with it, despite it being a good deal. So, the best part out of that is, made new friends out of the owners, despite not buying their boat.
We had found another boat (all in the Lake Champlain area of NY / VT) that we really liked, abit older then the Catalina, which was a 1983 Pearson 303. This boat is built solid. Looks abit like the Fat Cat, but someone filled it up with air. Lots of ventilation similar to our Fat Cat, so no probs with comfort air on a hot night when we're anchored securely in a bay. So, we made an offer, and it was accepted. Now, we're playing the waiting game, having it inspected next week, before we hand over the money - gulp. The sea trial won't occur until next May, as she's on the hard (boat is set up in a cradle at the marina - so she's not in the water). I have good feelings she'll do fine. The best part out of this is we have the use of a mooring ball for 2010 so we'll be sailing Lake Champlain before we bring her back next September through 41 locks (Champlain Canal and Erie Canal) to her new home at Stormont Yacht Club in Ontario. That is one of the exciting things I'm looking forward to - even with the mast down for most of the trip, another experience to live on the high seas in preparation for an ocean journey one day!
So, if anyone has that urge to take up sailing, trade in their power boat (which is what we had done 5 years ago when gas prices went up) - then have I got a deal for you with our Fat Cat. Just let me know - and I'll send you all the details!