Good afternoon everyone! (Or morning/evening/night depending on location). Just wanted to drop a Hi on here while I get used to what will likely be a place of much fun for me! I'm a 35 year old guy in south-central NY state and this is my story:
(I'll put the TLDR stuff at the bottom :P)
The background story: When I was little, our dad had a MacGregor 25' sailboat, that we used to go out on every so often. I remember lots of things with that boat, from little trips, to others. Unfortunately, he had to sell the boat after my parents divorced. I remember having JUST understood the basic mechanics in regards to why the boat would heel, and angles, when he had to let it go. And over the years, I had always missed it, and had moments where I wished I had my own.
Last year, I had started thinking it again, and after talking to my brother, we kept a lookout for good deals, or anything. My dad in the meantime, had purchased a project boat (somewhere in the 30' range I think, I'm not sure what it is off-hand). I was more or less just browsing, since I didn't really have a lot to outlay. I was also looking at project boats, thinking that taking some time to rebuild something would allow me a better experience in knowing my boat inside and out (obviously something structurally sound would be a requirement). My brother managed to find himself a 23' Oday, that he traded some Jet Skis for. Was in perfect shape, immaculate inside. I went out on a bay on Lake Ontario with him one weekend, had a blast in it (and got sunburned to no end lol. Oops!).
We had a party for my nephew recently, and there, we were discussing Christmas plans. My brother joked that I should ask for a boat for Christmas. And later that night, started texting me some listings for some he had found. I was like, dude, I have no money! But one in particular he sent, caught my eye. It needed the interior reassembled, after having been worked on to have the keel stiffened, and such, but other than that, was pretty much a complete boat. I did a little research, and found very little information on it. However, I decided that as long as it was able to float, and was mostly complete, how could I go wrong? The bits I DID find about it, I didn't see too many complaints, as I have with other boats. I called my dad, had him pull up what he could see from his end, he couldn't find fault with the choice either.
I drove up yesterday morning (and froze!!!) to just give a final once-over, already having been 99% set to take it, and after seeing the boat, a baby among larger craft in the marina yard, and finding it to be exactly as described, with the interior work to be almost a blank slate for me to tweak as I wished, I called the owner, and agreed to take it. I probably sounded over-eager. He removed the listing, is getting the paperwork set to sign over to me, likely this upcoming Sunday.
I am the (pending) proud, newest owner of a 1970 Islander Excalibur 26 Sailboat.
Glad to meet all of you, and I can't wait to keep exploring the start of a nearly-lifelong dream to own my own, and find freedom in the wind.