Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Ithaca, NY, Cayuga Lake
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Stories about how someone finds their boat are, in my opinion, akin to stories couples tell of how they got together: Personal, individual and a joy to share. My husband and I got together in 2000-2001, he was a sailor, I had spent my life enjoying watersports and boating of all kinds, with the exception of sailing. He had sold his last 30' or so boat in the mid-90s. But together we decided to look for a sailboat. I wanted to learn.
A friend asked if we would put a mooring in front of our lakehouse on Cayuga Lake, so that he could keep a boat there that he wanted to buy, an old Ranger. In exchange, we could use the boat whenever we wished. None of us did the amount of sailing we wanted but we loved looking at the boat happily bobbing off our shore. Made us want our own boat even more.
Whenever we took long trips by car we checked to see if there were boats we might want to look at around Cleveland, Erie, and down the east coast. On a trip to The Keys we bought a Precision 18. That was all I needed to get hooked. We looked harder but didn't find anything that "spoke to us."
We like to walk the marina docks a few minutes from our house, and one day saw a newly docked J37 on the main dock. Wow. We BOTH saw that it was the most incredible boat (except for a Great Lakes Cruiser) in the marina. We admired it every evening when we walked.
One night, walking after a trip out to the midwest, we were walking the docks and a "For Sale" sign was on the boat. We called. No answer. Few hours later, again, no answer. Once again before bed we tried. The owner answered saying he was showing the boat the next morning at 10:00. We asked to see it at 9:00 and prepared a Bill of Sale before hitting the sack.
The deal was done by 10:00.
I know I'm starting to sail "late" but I spent last winter reading, practicing knots, learning about how things work, getting personal gear (my own this and that) and trying to increase my strength (I wanted to be able to raise the main on my own). We got a new mainsail, installed lazy Jacks, and a new Tides Sailtrack system. Made some repairs, got a new gib halyard. In truth we haven't taken the boat out just the two of us. But we'll get there next summer.