After much thinking and looking around on the North West Coast, the Islands and talking to the kind and erghm, loving, experts at sailnet, I have decided that I would not buy my Ocean circumnavigating boat just yet, and go for a Catalina 27' to get more experience cruising and sailing on the Gulf and San Juan Islands.
I might even stretch it and take the trip to Alaska from here, as I hear a lot of small boats make that trip March - August.
None the less, I put an offer on it and it was accepted. I am still weeks away from owning it, the survey has to be done.
What do you guys think? It's a beautiful, really well taken care of 1976 Cat 27'. The owner is an 80 yearld ex-electrician who is very meticulous and detail oriented, he's kept a log of all the repairs he's done on her for the past 10 years. I was very impressed, and the hull looks in great condition. He's ready to get out of sailing simply because of his age and is looking to buy a power boat to live aboard on his later years.
The boat also comes with Thousands$ of dollars of extra stuff I'd have to spend months shopping for (PFDs, Fenders, All lines, 2 anchors, brand new main, electric dingy engine!!!(isn't that cool?), solar panel, stereo system, dodger, dingy, radar reflector, self tailing winches(not original, he installed them himself, Cutlery, Pots and Pans, GPS and VHF), fuel tanks.
And the outboard engine looks almost new.
I think I made the right choice, let me know what you think of the boat.
Here it is:
I have one question, how much, and how do you install the wind-speed meter(the thing with little cups that spins) at the top of the mast along with the Windex? It seems to be missing so I'll have to buy and install one.