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Our very first boat!

After many years of looking, dreaming, chartering, and spending much to much time online reading about anything sailing, we have finally bit the bullet and bought our first real sailboat other than the dingy. Thanks to everyone on here and other boards that have helped with my many questions!

We made the calculation that it made more sense to pick up a smaller trailer sailor that we could use every weekend and go down to the coast when we can to do afternoon charters when we want to get out on a bigger keelboat.

We found a beautifully kept 1981 Mac 25 only 30 minutes from our house with a slip for the rest of the year.


Here is a tour!
Stern view. All sheets are being replaced this week along with some block fixes to the mainsheet system.


Down the companionway.


Dinette


Interior with the oh so cool cushions. What a ton of room in a 25 footer.


Shot from the bow with the pop top enclosure.


Finally at sail. Sails are original we think and need to be replaced desperately! But, we were able to hit 5.5 knots (GPS) with pretty moderate wind so no complaints here.


Big Lake! This is where we are in a slip currently.


Solar battery tender. Pretty simple electric on the boat with pull start 2 stroke and just a depth/fish finder to run.


We have already spent many nights on the hook testing everything out. She needs some work for sure but is in great shape. Lots of room inside for our family. A pack and play straps in at the dinette for our 1 year old perfectly. Our 4 year old spent the whole time out having a ball. Wasn't even interested in electronics for 2 full days. What a great time for the whole family!

And finally, our first of hopefully many sunset pics from our boat.
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Congratulations! I hope you have many, many happy years aboard.

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Congratulations!!! She looks great!
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There are few experiences as exciting as the first time you raise your sails, turn off the motor and sit back and listen to the wind in the rigging and the hiss of the bow wave as you glide along in your very own sailboat.

Congratulations and best of luck. She's a very good looking gal.

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Congratulations on your new boat. I wish you many hours (days, weeks, years) of pleasure aboard.
One thing you might want to keep in mind is my little saying about boating in Alaska;
Anyone who goes out on a boat in Alaska will be spending the majority of their time enjoying their boat in conditions most people wouldn't even leave the dock in.
In Alaska, I've operated passenger carrying charter boats every day, in conditions that would have invalidated the insurance of similar boats operating in any other state in the Union.
Do not be discouraged; it will make you much better sailors more quickly, just as does learning to sail on Frisco Bay; enjoy!

"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.

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Congratulations! Have fun!
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Congratulations on the first boat, there is no feeling more liberating than realizing you are under sailnon your own boat, plus you provided pictures showing, well done. Enjoy.

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Congratulations and best of luck. She's a very good looking gal.

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Congratulations on the first boat, there is no feeling more liberating than realizing you are under sailnon your own boat, plus you provided pictures showing, well done. Enjoy.
Thanks everyone! It sure was great getting out and spending time on her. Too true about listening to the wind in the sails! (oh, and the speed sensing keel cable hum , that sure surprised us at first, now we consider it an audio speedometer).
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Congratulations on your new boat. I wish you many hours (days, weeks, years) of pleasure aboard.
One thing you might want to keep in mind is my little saying about boating in Alaska;
Anyone who goes out on a boat in Alaska will be spending the majority of their time enjoying their boat in conditions most people wouldn't even leave the dock in.
In Alaska, I've operated passenger carrying charter boats every day, in conditions that would have invalidated the insurance of similar boats operating in any other state in the Union.
Do not be discouraged; it will make you much better sailors more quickly, just as does learning to sail on Frisco Bay; enjoy!
That is the truth! Alaska oddities strike on many counts. Like getting 7:1 rode out when anchoring in 200 feet of water, 50 feet from shore, snow in July, bears everywhere, etc.

My favorite example is that our schools almost never close, even at -50F. People just can't even imagine.
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