Well, I am sort of reviving an old thread, but fortunately its my old thread. The Nor'easter a week or so ago put the boat yard behind in launching boats and they could not get her out of the shed until mid last week, so the sea trial was delayed. They finally launched her last week and finished tuning the rigging and the bending on of the sails. The engine survey was last week and they fixed a few things but basically all they could find (for the age of the boat and engine) was that there was one broken hose clamp on a doubly clamped hose.
Here is Heron sitting at the dock.
To meet everyones schedule we waited until yesterday to have the sea trial. It was blowing and gusting pretty good by late afternoon when we went out. We were reading gusts of 30 knots. So we motored out to the lee side of the island in Milford harbor and unfurled the jib part way. We were sailing! But the gusts would lay her over, so we (I) decided that was enough proof that the furling system worked and motored back in. The surveyor checked all systems from refrig to spreader lights and I considered the sea trial a success. Back at the office I pays the bills ( a little nautical grammar there) and she is officially mine (receiving several originals of Coast Guard and CT State bills of sales). The broker heads off to deposit the check and I head back to put the boat back together, as everything had been exposed inside for examination. I also wanted to take inventory. I found a few pleasant surprises in the lazarets, like a Magma Marine barbecue grill (CD take note!), a bosun's chair, a couple of harnesses, clip lines and jack lines; all items I wanted but had not realized were buried down there. I had not taken inventory before, because the PO's personal items were still on board and I was not certain what was theirs. Finally, the below decks were put back in order, here is a view from the v-berth looking aft thru the galley.
And I spent the last rays of sunlight organizing lines on deck.
So this should pretty much end this thread. I now have to begin to understand all the specific systems and equipment, spend some time with the original owner to learn her tendencies and prepare to sail her south. More discussion to come elsewhere.