Congratulations Ian. Welcome to sailnet as well.
FIRST BOAT = ALLIED SEAWIND II
Some of you may have felt this on the purchase of your first boat.
It’s 4:30 am. I have a mixture of feelings loosely based around EXCITEMENT and FEAR!
After over a year researching reviews, reading the excellent posts on this site, etc. I have bought an Allied Seawind II, 1976. ketch. (wait for it = bought kind of blind at a good price, yes I know I should / will get a survey etc etc please don’t chastise me too hard..) But I am after all-- semi crazy, and in love with the dream.
She’s been well looked after. One owner. Original engine. Will need electronics package (recommendations anyone?)
What electronics are you looking to get? Radar? Instruments? Chartplotter? VHF? SSB? AIS? EPIRB?
Personally, I'd recommend the TackTick instruments—the T104 package specifically, which will give you speed, wind, depth, temp, and an NMEA 0183 interface.
For radar/chartplotter, I'd recommend going with Garmin. The Garmin 18HD has been very well recommended by a knowledgeable user here by the name of Maine Sail. I have used their chartplotters and have been very happy with them.
For VHF, I'd say the Icom M504 is a good one, with full Class D DSC, including NMEA 0183 input/output.
SSB, the Icom 802 is the way to go.
EPIRB—I would recommend the ACR Globalfix iPro, which has a small LCD display so that you can read the position data off of the integrated GPS.
I’m a 48 yo Brit (academic/writer) and she’s in New York. The plan? 15-20 April 09, Paint the bottom (advice please, she’s been sanded/blasted = which paint? Technique?)
I'd recommend using Interlux Interprotect 2000E to barrier coat the bottom and then paint with the bottom paint of your choice.
Put her in the water, mount masts etc. Overhaul / check engine condition. Then, I’d thought I’d pay / invite anyone who has more experience than me to come sailing. That way I can feel more confident on the boat. So the invitations there anyone --
Oh, the plan after? All being well, end April, sail her down the coast to Florida. Once again passengers welcome!!
Would help if you said where she was lying... I'm sure there are quite a few members near where she is... Obviously, on the east coast someplace. Might even get some volunteers for crew.
It’s a tall order. I’m not what I’d call an experienced sailor. And although it may not appear that way, common sense available + willingness to learn.
Maybe (hopefully) I’ll be laughing at this post years on, with many nautical miles under my belt --
For now – I just can’t sleep !
Congratulations... post photos when you can. I generally recommend that you get a flickr.com, photobucket.com or other photo sharing website account, and upload the photos there. Then, once you have 10 posts, you can link to them by using the provided IMG code that they have.