Weekends on the boatBill
03/31/2008, Newport, RI
It has been two months now since we bought the boat. I could define them in a word: Rush. The work weeks have been full and the weekends spent traveling and running around. Lara thinks I am obsessed with the boat... she might be right, or I might be really excited. In addition to the day we spent on the survey, we have spent two weekends on the boat. No the boat is not in the water yet, and it does have a nice little heater on it, so we have been toasty warm.
Marine survey one week awayBill
12/30/2007, Dorset VT
The photo above if of a sister ship hull #171, Sunrise is #168. We are scheduled to meet John Winder in Newport RI on January 7th for a marine survey of s/v Sunrise. The survey is critical as it will determine if Sunrise is a sound seaworthy boat. John, who is an experienced blue-water sailor, will also help us with suggestions for improvements to ready the boat for the sea. Our sense now is that the sails are in good shape, we don't know about the rigging. The Volvo motor has 4300 hours and has been well maintained, so it could be good and could need replacement. We know there is some kind of problem with the rudder bearings, which has been reported by other HR 38 owners. The navigation equipment will need to be upgraded, and there are lots of mouth watering options. We have been reading about AIS, which is a technology that would allow you to identify large ships and their courses long before they would become a hazard. Radar will also be important.
The plan leading to the purchaseBill
12/21/2007, Dorset VT
Lara and I have been working on our plan to go off on a sailing adventure in the fall of 2009. We have set up the following time line to work toward that departure date:
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