|Seamew Sail #63|
I do, however, love the Seamew. She is unique and has real character -- not just another production snot (fiberglass) production boat. With a mahogony on oak frame and mahogany trip, when in good nick she is a beaut. Keeping her up to snuff has proven to be more than I can handle. I need to keep her out of the water and undercover for part of the year to protect the finish and reduce maintenance.
I had been looking online for a couple of years, just to dream. Now, despite the recession, I find my finances are in better shape than they have ever been -- as long as I remain healthy and employed; two factors over which I have no control and thus do not worry about. I decided on a price range between 10K and 20K. My needs were clear. As a livaboard I wanted enough headroom to stand upright, the ability to walk a few steps, enough room to practice the guitar and the violin, a toilet and an oven. A shower, a gas oven, refrigeration, hot water and a cabin heater would be nice as well. As a sailor I wanted a shallow draft boat, between 30 and 35 feet, that was capable of cruising the Chesapeake and the short offshore stints associated with the intracoastal waterway.
|Aurora: Pearson 323|