Howdy Sailnet members
Hello all from Captain Ron and first mate Ashley.
We reside on a 33 foot Carver Mariner, which is not a sailing vessel, but we are in the market for the "perfect" boat on which to continue our adventures. (Alas, I am very aware that there are no "perfect" boats) : )
We run the SeaTow operation that is situated in Ilwaco, Washington, right at the mouth of the Columbia River, yes, the infamous Columbia River Bar, also known as "The Graveyard of the Pacific". Our job is assisting mariners that have broken down, run out of fuel, run aground or run afoul of that "Murphy" guy. We do this work with a SeaSwirl 2601 that has been heavily modified for towing, sort of like how a pickup truck gets turned into a tow truck. Serious tow post, twin outboards, built in gas powered de-watering pump, fire suppression system, and redundant everything.
We have joined Sailnet for the purpose of gathering information about our boat quest, as well as finding like minded folks to chat with.
What we do in our off time, is travel, and go diving. We both are diving instructors as well as technical divers, which is diving that is beyond the usual limits of normal recreational divers, doing things like planned decompression, cave diving, wreck penetration and deep diving. Ashley is an artist, and paints. She just completed a wonderful hand lettered name and graphic on the transom of our boat, The Rain Magnet. Ron is pretty good with a camera, above and below water.
So far we have decided that we would like to find a 37-41 foot sailing vessel, mostly for coastal cruising and the occasional blue water jaunt. Livability is most important, (since it will be home all year round) and since we are both scuba divers, a vessel that is easy to board from the water is quite important too. We have a budget of around $80k, so this rules out a new boat. I am leery of anything custom built or one-offed, because I have seen some really scary "work arounds" done on these types of boat.
I expect that we will do some "lurking" for a bit to see how things are done here, prior to jumping into any serious discussions, or asking any silly questions. : )
Cheers all, Ron and Ashley.