Ever want to buy an old sailboat, fix it up, and sail away? Slow down and read all of these blog posts: it’s much more work, time, and money than you might think. We are going to try and get weekly blog posts put up for students and followers to see our progress, ideas, and learning in action.
We have great news, King’s Pride is ready for student work. Our teaching/Learning platform isn’t completely ready, but we’ve made solid progress. So far we…
John & Amanda from Mahina Expeditions stopped in to evaluate what we purchased. John has been helping cruisers purchase boats for 40 years and helped us out in the beginning to ensure we had a good start for this project. We filmed our pre-purchase meeting with them, and then again on this visit.
Always a treat! Bob Perry, who designed our Westsail 39′ “King’s Pride” stopped by for a visit. He brought a complete set of plans and shared the story about the project. Bob spent close to an hour going over construction details, tour the boat, giving us ideas and more. The boat was ‘owner completed’ for the interior…
What an adventure! Matt verified the engine ran, we grabbed a few essentials and headed for Anacortes. From LaConner it’s only about 15 miles and the weather was calm. Fortunately, we didn’t need any tools and didn’t run out of provisions.
Matt, who could walk to the boat in about 10 minutes from his house, went down to check on the engine. Jennifer had reported that it ran, but the fuel tanks were all messed up and it needed to run on an auxiliary jerry can. The boat was a bit of a mess and clearly wasn’t ready to go to sea.
It happened very fast, we purchased a project boat. No more than had we discussed re-fitting an offshore boat and started the search with John Neal, a boat presented itself.