At least it seemed that way.
For the last couple of months I have been hinting that a new boat might be in the offing.
We put an offer in then we had to wait for the survey and its results.
Well a couple of days ago I handed over the cheques (one to the PO, one as a holdback to the broker).
The boat is ours.
This weekend we start setting her up, waxing, anti-fouling, name-changing. Our goal is to be launched before the May two-four weekend (a Canadian holiday to celebrate a full case of beer).
Yesterday I ordered the vinyl name decals with logo. We will have to take measurements for our boarder repelling gear, Sea Whiz mounts, ZPS (Zombie Protection System), Schettino Early Warning System
, coffee roaster/grinder/brewer, kennels and tinned haggis storage.
The boat we bought is a 1989 Hunter 30í. Sheís in very good shape.
I know that there are a few here who disparage the Hunters, but, after careful consideration and lots of looking, we feel it is the boat most likely to keep us happy for the next few years.
We went with a 30 for a couple of reasons: I donít have to change slips, so from a cost/convenience/familiarity etc perspective: thatís a bonus. (I have a slip that faces into the prevailing winds. If I up-sized I probably wouldnít get another one at my marina.)
I spend a lot of time on the boat alone so I donít need anything bigger. When Iím not alone I usually have only one other person so a 30 is the right size.
The Hunter 30 has a huge aft cabin. Say no more!
The walk-through transom and swim platform will make diving/kayaking/swimming etc. of the boat a lot easier.
So, all-in-all for the type of sailing we do, and in the waters we do it (Great Lakes) the Hunter seems to fit the bill.
I am a bit apprehensive about learning the new systems. My old boat (the only boat Iíve really sailed) was tiller-steered. Iíll have to learn the wheel Ė although by most accounts itís easier.
The boat is heavier and beamier so Iíll have to get used to a different maneuverability.
On Northern Lights everything could be hand-bombed Ė we used the winches to harden the sheets but never had to grind them. The larger sail on the Hunter will make that impossible, so weíll have to learn to coordinate our movements when adjusting sails, tacking etc.
The Hunter has a lot more opportunity for sail trim adjustment. I am really looking forward to learning about fine-tuning the sail with twist adjustment, traveler adjustment etc.
Not to mention the diesel which is all new to me!
Anyhow, we are both really excited bout our new boat and canít wait for the adventure to begin.