Flight of Aghavni

a Topjian family traveling journey

Vessel Name: Aghavni
Vessel Make/Model: Oyster 485
Hailing Port: Easton, MD
Crew: We will write about the unique experiences of owning and operating a long distance sailing vessel, and sharing time with family in a meaningful environment of the splendor of God's creation.
About: Aghavni is an Armenian word meaning Dove, which for us has many special meanings.
Extra: It is the symbol of the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism. It is the deliverer of new life promised to Noah after the flood. It is the name of our dear neighbor, Ms. Agnes Chapman, who passed away peacefully at age 97. And finally, the dove is a universal symbol of peace in a fallen world.
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Recent Blog Posts
26 March 2019

Heading Offshore!

Looking forward to our longest passage yet. Have a blessed Lenten season. Hopefully we will arrive to shore in time to celebrate Easter!

25 March 2019

Preparations

Question: Is it cheaper to buy toilet paper in Galapagos or French Polynesia?!

25 March 2019

Mass

Celebrating a Catholic Mass this morning in Isla Isabella. The church icons are beautifully handpainted, showing the unique beauty from scenes on the island.

25 March 2019

Snorkeling

Getting fitted today for our guided snorkeling trip!

25 March 2019

Tours

Most tours through the islands require a certified national park guide. Here we are on a tour of lava tunnels deep in the highlands.

25 March 2019

Iguanas

Surfs up on Tortugas Beach and the only spectators are marine iguanas!

Memories of Margalo

02 November 2015
A quick homage to our darling Margalo. It is with bittersweet joy that we sold our wonderful boat, a 1983 Catalina 30 that we bought from our good friend Peter (grew up together sailing and schooling together). Our family so enjoyed sailing up and down the Chesapeake for 3 years! Fondest memories (still fresh!) of Friday night races, overnights at anchor, ARC DELMARVA 2015, and lazy days on the Bay! Margalo is the name of the bird in Stuart Little that reciprocates life saving adventures with Stuart. We thank God for our safe travels and pray that new owner Stan will continue to enjoy her as we did! I did a tremendous amount of work on the boat and learned a great deal in a short period of time. Here's the quick sampling:

SOLD! 1983 Catalina 30 Excellent condition Refit in 2015
$10k in upgrades over past two years. Tall mast deep draft (5'7") model. Galley, sleeps 6. Boat maintained professionally at Hinckly Yachts with new rigging and bottom painted in 2015. A must see and ready for immediate sail/sale! All Garhauer items purchased in Oct 2014 Annapolis sailboat show and installed Spring 2015.
Exterior Features and Upgrades: • 2015 hauled, bottom painted at Hinckley Yachts • solar powered ventilation fan in head • 2014 window gaskets replaced, purchased system from Catalina Direct • Dodger and bimini with connector in good condition • 2 removable stern pulpit seats • 2015 masthead light, new windex, rigging, stays, and turnbuckles inspected and repaired • teak folding and removable cockpit table with drink holders • full set of light grey Bottomsiders cockpit cushions • plow style anchor and chain, more than sufficient for this size boat • 5 lb propane tank • removable jack lines new in 2015 • full coverage awning for when docked • 2014 prop replaced • spinnaker pole and whisker pole • life ring, fenders, flares and many more extras Sails and Rigging: • All lines lead aft to cockpit for single handed sailing • All rigging inspected and tuned by Hinckley Yachts 2015 • 2015 custom mainsail with two reef points (less than 1 season of use) • 2015 150% jib with shaefer roller furling system (less than 1 season of use) • 2015 Garhaur stainless steel traveler
• 2015 all new sheets: main, genoa, cunningham, boom vang, halyards • 2015 installed Garhauer stainless steel rope clutches (set of four) • 2015 installed deck organizer and block system • 2015 installed Garhauer boomvang • 2015 Garhauer backstay adjuster • 2015 mainsail cover, light beige • 2015 aluminum spreaders installed, purchased exact replacement from Catalina Direct
Engine: • Engine is Universal X25 diesal in excellent condition • Maintained professionally by licensed mechanic • New transmission Hurth replacement in 2015 • Shaft seal replaced 2013 • Shift knobs replaced 2014 Additional Interior Features: • Includes hotwater heater in port lazarette locker • 2 burner gimballed stove, good condition and rarely used • newly installed Lowrence GPS. includes depth, SOG and fish finder • 2 new Deka Marine Master batteries (2014) • 2012 interior cushion covers replaced. Foam in excellent condition, stored inside home and used sparingly on boat. • Jabsco toilet, excellent condition, shower and teak in great shape • Accessories include winch handles, speakers, Sony radio/CD system, VHF • 2013 new bilge pump and float switch (Bilge is dry) Possible Improvements for New Purchaser to Note: • exterior teak left to grey naturally per our preference • home made propane locker should be replaced (if you choose to leave propane tank on board) • new switch and fuse needed for water pressure circuit • Service winches (kit included) • Grease Edson steering system Boat is well cared for and loved. Purchased as a family cruising boat in 2013. We have purchased a larger boat to accomodate our large family and sadly must part with this one. It was inspected and approved for Arc Delmarva passage June 2015. Boat has been sailed regularly and winterized yearly. Great condition, ready to go!
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