The Adventure Begins

Buying our boat and setting off

11 April 2018 | Chicago
20 March 2018 | Chicago
27 February 2018 | Chicago
30 January 2018 | Chicago
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03 January 2018 | Chicago
05 December 2017 | Aruba
02 November 2017 | Chicago, IL
01 October 2017 | DuSable Harbor, Chicago

Moving forward

11 April 2018 | Chicago
Capt. Bill
Well, the sellers have authorized all fixes/repairs prior to sale. This is great news as a couple of items were quite dire. Of course, tis the season and the yard is extremely busy right now. The positive is that we won't need to worry about getting anything done after closing, the down side is that we'll need to push our date out just a little. Looks like a May closing which, for me, will be nice since I may be able to move the boat without freezing or being soaked for eight hours.

We'll keep you posted!

What's in a Survey?

20 March 2018 | Chicago
Capt. Bill
Recently we had the out of water portion of the survey done on the boat. It went quite well. There are a couple of little issues that need addressing. I would have been surprised if there weren't. In our case, we have about half a dozen issues that 'should' be addressed and a couple that MUST be addressed. For instance, there is a 2" hole in the boom vang. You can imagine why this would be an issue on a 43' boat! A little water in the rudder that is caused by a small crack...easily taken care of.

All in all, we're one step closer to owning our new (to us) sailboat.

For those asking the question...a boat survey is a lot like a house inspection. It's designed to provide you with anything 'wrong' with the boat. Surveys are conducted in 2 phases. Depending on where the boat is when it's surveyed. For us, the boat is on the hard so it was easy to conduct the out of water portion of the survey. This is, by far, the largest and most robust portion of the survey. If the boat is in the water you have to haul out to complete this part. Normally, should you have to haul out, the surveyor would perform the in water part of the survey which consists mainly of running up the engine, testing the sails and steering, etc. Once that's completed, the boat would be hauled and everyone goes to lunch. The boat needs a couple of hours to dry before the out of water portion can be completed. When it's all done, the boat would be refloated.

A couple of things to remember...first, as the buyer, you are hiring the surveyor. They work for you! You are also responsible for the haul out during the survey. The surveyor will provide you with a write up of what they saw. This includes the good, the bad and the ugly. Most surveys will also provide an estimate of the boat's worth and replacement value. It's very important to request a COMPLETE survey with sea trial! The survey will be used by the insurance company as well so make sure it's a full survey.

Fingers crossed everyone!

27 February 2018 | Chicago
Capt. Bill
Come Friday, we are getting the first part of our survey done on Candy Dish. Since she's on the hard, it's a good time to do this. Keeping our fingers crossed for a good survey. The boat has been VERY well maintained so I'm feeling pretty confident that all will be well. Once this is done, we'll have about 6-8 weeks until sea trial.

Wish us luck!

Say hello!

30 January 2018 | Chicago
Capt. Bill
I'd like to introduce you to Candy Dish. Offers accepted and we begin the process of survey prior to commissioning in the spring. Our new lady is a 2006, Beneteau 423. She's in beautiful condition having been meticulously maintained by the previous owners. She's equipped with all the electronics you'd expect as well as a generator! Her furling mainsail and 140 Genoa are new in 2016 and I look forward to seeing them catch the wind. If all goes well, she should be in the water by late April and at home in Kenosha shortly after that. We look forward to a lot of wonderful times on her in the coming years.

It's a NEW Boat!

23 January 2018 | Chicago
Capt. Bill
Well, we found her. Saw her this past weekend and we're currently gathering some additional information on her. We are hoping to offer this weekend if everything checks out. For those interested, she's a Beneteau 423. Bow thrusters and a genny as well!

Let's hope it all comes together! Looking forward to sailing this summer.

A Boat Show and a Twist

18 January 2018 | Chicago
Capt. Bill
Well, the Chicago Boat show has come and gone. Lots of great stuff to be seen! Of course we spent a lot of time looking at the newest boats from Catalina and Beneteau. After touring the show and the boats, the Admiral has decided that, maybe the Catalina isn't the correct boat for us. As I've mentioned, Catalinas have their stays attached inboard, close to the cabin top. While this makes for a very wide side deck when going forward, it does present a problem when mounting and dismounting from the dock during maneuvers. Especially if your not the average 6' tall male 8).

To this end, we began looking at Beneteaus and we've found her! Finally! We'll be touring her this coming weekend just to make sure that she doesn't have any glaring issues. She's a 2006, 423 with thrusters AND a generator already! Talk about a grab. The only thing we will have to add immediately is canvas as she doesn't have any. Nope, not even the frames. This works out, however, as it allows us to design a bimini frame that will have mounts for solar AND a rear frame capable of taking davits when we're ready.

With luck, she'll be as clean as she appears and we'll be one step closer to sailing our summers away!
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