What did I do?

I sold the boat. Captain rehab is boatless!

As you capn rehab followers well know, the capn is headed south for his new job in Tampa. I have been using my old friend craigslist to unload a lot of stuff. I got rid of the O’Day 23′, a weight set, a treadmill, and now my beloved O’Day 22′. She is going to have a new life and home in Tennessee!

Why you might ask? Lots of reasons against keeping her. The trailer wasn’t really in shape to make the trip to Florida. I didn’t have time to get it done before I go. I’m living in a temporary situation for a while, and won’t have a place for a boat & trailer. Starting a new job, need to focus on that a bit. The list goes on and on.

I’ve heard that old saying, “The two happiest days of a boat owners like are the day he buys it, and the day he sells it”. Not true! I am sad. However, they do say that every door that closes causes a new one to open. Now I’m back in boat buying mode! That was so fun before. I think I’m going to look for a boat arround 30′ to 35′ and do a rehab. I want to get one big enough to live aboard comfortably and to do some cruising.  It will be a while I think, but you never know!  I’m also thinking about joining a sailing club so I can get some sailing skills and possibly certifications.  We’ll see how that goes.

I’m sure you were too polite to ask, where would I be living in Tampa? Well, I have found something. Where? On craigslist of course! (By the way, did I mention I found my job on craigslist?) Anyhow, I put out a craigslist advertisement looking for a live-aboard boat. Guess what? I found one! Here is a picture of the model of boat I’ll be living on.

1996 silverton 40

1996 silverton 40'

I haven’t seen the actual boat yet, but if it’s a dump I can always stay in an extended stay motel till I get something more permanent.  Also, it’s going to be just off Clearwater beach.  I am SO looking forward to running on the beach again!

I now have a second sailboat!

Here she is, a 1972 O’Day 23 pop-top:

My new (to me) O'Day 23
My new (to me) O’Day 23

I’m now the proud owner of a second sailboat in need of repair!  I’m a little amazed at myself.  I’m not sure why I NEEDed a second sailboat.  (My wife isn’t sure either)  Sometimes a progression of things happen and at the end of them, you wind up somewhere you didn’t start out to get.  Now, in my defense – I didn’t BUY another boat.  She was given to me by the previous owner.  He was given the boat and found out he wasn’t that interested in sailing, so 3 years later he gave it to me.

A very interesting tidbit he told me was that the boat used to be owned by Charlie Byrd.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Byrd    In the wikpedia entry it says In 1973 Byrd moved to Annapolis, Maryland,  and under “Personal life it says “He loved sailboating, and owned a twenty-six foot boat called “I’m Hip” that he sailed to various parts of the world. ”  Anyway, the timing works out so the story could be true.  This wouldn’t be “I’m Hip” because it’s too short, but it could have been an earlier boat.

This boat is (obviously) in the water, although not in sail condition.  Her insides are pretty moldy but she does have cusions that look like they will clean up pretty well.  Her bottom looks gunky and her sails are shot, and all the lines and sheets look like they need to be replaced.  She has a swing keel, and I tried to crank the handle, but it seemed stuck, and I didn’t want to break anything so I didn’t push too hard.   She also has a hole in her gunwhale where a cleat ripped out.  The deck seems to have some soft spots too. I looked at the underside, but there wasn’t any noticeable cause. I think that is causing most of the water inside.  Even though she is only 1 foot longer than my ’22, she seems so much bigger inside.

Well, I have quite a job cut out for me.  (two boats, what was I thinking?)  I’m looking for another trailer now.

Do you think it would be better to work on both sailboats at the same time?  Maybe I should get one in minimum sail condition, and keep the other at home to work on?  Comments or advice appreciated as always!

Proud Boat Owner!

I went and bought a boat.  To be specific, she’s a 1975 O’Day 22.  Didn’t pay much, and she’s not really worth much.  Actually, maybe the guy should have paid me to take her.  Here she is.

Me and my new sailboat
Me and my new sailboat

The inside is a wreck, and I’ll have to learn how to do sailboat repairs.

This project seems interesting enough to blog about.  We’ll see.
Why did I do it?  Sorry, can’t answer that question.
Do I have any sailing experience?  Not much.  OK, really not much.
Am I handy with tools?   Sort of.  Mostly wood.  I’ve never done fiberglass or metal work.
What the heck, I’ll figure it out as I go.  Should be fun.
Oh, by the way.  Someone has agreed to give me a 23′ O’day as well.  I’m meeting him Saturday to get the keys and paperwork.  She’s at a marina near annapolis.  Don’t know how I’ll get her home.  No trailer.  I guess I better figure it out before the slip rent is due in February.  Wish me luck.