Sunday, December 2, 2012

Dream Meets Reality



Well the day is finally here.  It's mostly here anyways.  Paperwork in hand, but need to go make it all official like with the government and all the fun that entails.   But the S/V .........  is mine.  Actually, now that I think about it, there is no name on the boat, or the paperwork I have.  Does this mean I get to name it what I want?  How does that all work? That's one thing I definitely didn't look into how to do.

Did anybody else have a sense of what do I do now when the signed the paperwork?   I'd love to just take it sailing, but there's a new head gasket I need to put on the engine (part of the deal - don't worry - I did know about the status of the engine).  An older gentleman owned the boat and lived on the hook, so there is a bit of cleaning to do (you know us bachelor types).


The cushions are a bit dirty, and used, and honestly the whole boat could use a nice cleaning.   But I wasn't looking for spotless, I was looking for a solid boat, and that I think I got.  It's a 1977 Chrysler 30'.  I really love the layout of the boat too.  So while it's not really pretty to look at, a nice cleaning, and some cushions replaced and it'll look pretty good.



I'll have it down at Cut's Edge Marina in Palmetto, FL until I get at least the head gasket replaced (part is on the boat) should be ready to roll next week.   Then I have to decide whether to keep it there or bring it up closer (probably Harborage Marina in St Pete).  It'll probably get moved because I want my new baby near me :)

Now the work begins.  I'm a bit overwhelmed at the list I'm compiling, but that's the joy of boat ownership right? :)  

More updates to follow on my progress making this boat truly mine!








12 comments:

  1. Niiiice! I like all the open deck space & the galley will be easy to work in it looks like. Stove not on gimbals might be a challenge while underway... lol. Congrats!

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    1. Rebar - you might have a point on that stove :) It'll add to the cooking "fun"!!

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  2. Very pretty, nice and bright, and looks quite seaworthy. Soooo exciting to read that you are closing in on your dream! Long time coming.

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    1. Thanks guys!! It has been a long time coming! You know what else has been a long time coming? Me catching up with you - either in Annapolis, or now Florida. It has to happen someday! :)

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  3. Congrats! We have been back to liveaboard life for one week and it's wonderful. Our broker (as part of the sale) took care of registering our chosen name with the Coast Guard/state. Right after closing, we took off the previous name and put ours on. I need to look on the Coast Guard site of registered names to see if we're there.

    Enjoy!
    Alison

    www.liveaboardwife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks!! Now I actually have to think up a name :)

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  4. I only have one thing to say thank you, THANK YOU!!!.. I sat here today and read your entire blog, and as my long journey from land to ocean dweller begins, it's great to actually read the story of someone who is realizing a similar dream. As you once were, I'm in the very infancy of figuring out how to make my dream of being a live-aboard and a ocean cruiser a reality. Seeing you turn the corner definitely helps fuel the fire to keep the dream alive. So thank you for sharing. Oh, BTW I lied, I do have one more thing to say. Congrats, fellow dreamer!!!

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    1. Troy - Keep dreaming the dream!! There have definitely been a lot of bumps along the way. And definitely some hiccups in being able to continue chasing after this. But even when it seemed like it wasn't going to happen, I kept hoping and kept holding out hope. I look forward to hear that you have taken a similar step! And hopefully now that step one is out the way, I can keep it going. And thank you for taking the time to read through my ramblings!

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  5. Congratulations on your new boat! Her layout reminds me of our 1987 Catalina 30 .. looks like a very nice choice!

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  6. Congrats! Looks like a very capable boat for your first. Can't wait to read about your transition from a land lubber to a live aboard.

    Fair Winds,

    Jesse

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