Friday, 24 April 2015

The 2-boat Two-Step

Spray News
Old joke: 
Q: “What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?”
A: “Finding half of a worm in your apple.” 

My life lately: 
Q: “What’s more stressful than not selling your old boat before buying a new one?” 
A:  “Selling your boat contingent on the results of a 6-hour inspection.”

Yes, the good news is we have potential buyers for Spray.  The stressful news is that the sale is contingent on a thorough inspection, both in and out of the water.  Of course we know that Spray is in excellent shape and we have verified that everything is in working order (oh okay … there’s ONE sticky seacock in the toilet that we’re treating liberally with vinegar, but that usually does the trick.)  But knowing that everything is ship-shape doesn’t stop me from waking up in the middle of the night wondering what an expert might find that would sink the deal. One more week of waiting and wondering… 

Mareda News

The sail maker finally agreed to agree with the rigging expert about the Code D furling line system earlier this week.  This has taken weeks to resolve.  I’m now hopeful that we’ll have a really nice system set up for light downwind sailing (e.g., bliss). 

Our new battle is over how to best rig the boom for a 3rd reef point on the mainsail.  In 2 years of sailing, we only used the 3rd reef twice on Spray, and both times this situation lasted less than 15 minutes before we went to bare poles.  But still, heading off without a 3rd reef seems a bit foolhardy.  This means …heavy sigh…another round of slogging through animated exchanges between the sail maker and the rigging specialist. 

Did I mention I just found a great new recipe for Ginger Mint Juleps?  With everything else going on, I almost forgot about the Derby!

Staying on top of these things takes a LOT of time.  The dealer mentioned that a new Sun Odyssey 379 was coming to the boatyard this week to be outfitted.  The owner lives in Paris.  Patrick and I were astounded that anyone could manage a boat from a distance like that.  The dealer said, “Most people just order the standard version and we don’t have any modifications to deal with.”    

I hadn’t thought about it, but we do seem to have a lot of special orders.  Here are our non-standard modifications:

1.    Code D Gennaker + rigging hardware (including spinnaker pole)
2.    3rd Reef in Mainsail + rigging hardware
3.    Rocna anchor and Kong-type articulated mooring shackle
4.    40 meters of chain (standard = 28m)
5.    Cockpit arch with 2 solar-panels and dinghy davits
6.    Wireless Internet antenna mounted on arch
7.    Television and antenna
8.    Electronic barometer / weather station
9.    Duplexer to use VHF antenna for FM radio reception    
10.  Tri-color navigation lights on top of mast
11.  Rigging hardware for boom brake (boom modifications and cleats)

I have episodes of guilt-mixed-with-panic about how much this is all costing, but then Patrick reminds me that we spend 6-7 months living full-time on the boat.  It’s not a vacation home, it’s our PRIMARY home.  And maybe next year we’ll even rent out the land-based home while we’re away to replenish the sailing kitty.  But that’s a headache for another day.  


Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor said...

Hope all goes well with the survey. Such a nerve wracking experience for both parties. They're at the point where they really want the boat and hope that the surveyor doesn't find anything and you guys know everything's good, but need the "stamp of approval". I'm sure it will go perfectly and you'll be one boat owners soon.