||11-08-2007 07:51 PM
I am now a fleet owner - Bristol 45.5 + Niagara 35!
We like it and the surveyor liked it so it looks like a go.
Not much more than a month ago my wife was headhunted by a financial company in the NYC area (we now live in Toronto). It was the same work she was doing and a much better pay. We checked out apartment rentals in the area and they are ridiculously costly unless you commute which is not an attractive prospect so we decided to live aboard. We have a dock arranged for the winter at Liberty Landing that is close to her new job. On the waiting list for later so that may be a problem, but worry about that later.
Anyway, our Niagara 35 seemed a bit small for comfortable living so we went looking. With the high Canadian dollar we were able to consider some very nice boats and have finally closed on a Bristol 45.5 that is in good shape, except that the interior and exterior teak needs attention - I will work on those since I will not be otherwise employed. I tried loading a pic of the boat but had no sucess. The boat is listed on Yachtworld in Watch Hill, RI.
Hope that comes through ok. Little Harbor brokers do not include an equipment list for some reason so there are only pictures there. The boat is very well-equipped and yard-maintained and has not been heavily used other than for a European trip by the first owner. It should provide for a comfortable liveaboard (probably not a lot smaller than the apartments we could afford!) until we take off sailing - likely in about 3 years. The only thing that I need to add is a diesel heater.
Only problems are that I now own an 80 footer and have to get going on selling the Niagara and I will have to change my email address which now starts with n35sailor ... perhaps I will have to be bristol455...