S/V Passage - Refitting a Classic (& Building Our Skills) Before Cutting the Docklines

We are working toward our dream, one step at a time, and are prepared to make mistakes and learn from them so we become better cruisers every day.

Vessel Name: Passage
Vessel Make/Model: 1980 Pearson 365 Ketch #324
Hailing Port: Chicago, IL
Crew: David Cole & Brodi Cole
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We started sailing in 2004 when David's dad bought his first sailboat, a 30' Hunter on Lake Michigan. David spent many hours on Lake Michigan and when his dad upgraded to a 42' Hunter, even made several multi-day crossings between Florida and the Bahamas. [...]
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In early 2010, we made a 5-year plan to pay off our debt, save money, buy a sailboat and take off for the adventure of a lifetime. One year into that plan, Brodi discovered an amazing deal that resulted in us acquiring "Passage"-a 1980 Pearson 365 Ketch-three years ahead of "schedule." We hope this [...]
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03 January 2012 | Chicago, IL

Too COLD for Cruising

We truly thought more boatwork would get done this winter, but now that the holidays are officially over it's hard to motivate ourselves to willingly spend significant lengths of time outside doing boatwork when it's already skipping the freezing point entirely! It's official, January is NOT a good time [...]

Too COLD for Cruising

03 January 2012 | Chicago, IL
Brodi / Didn't hit freezing today :-(
We truly thought more boatwork would get done this winter, but now that the holidays are officially over it's hard to motivate ourselves to willingly spend significant lengths of time outside doing boatwork when it's already skipping the freezing point entirely! It's official, January is NOT a good time being outdoors...even with a decent space heater (if we could find one at a low price). So we're not, and I'm totally going through boat withdrawal.

It at least makes me feel better to know that we're not the only ones. I got a text from our friend Dave the other day that said "I miss Passage. I want to give that mizzen a big ole' hug." He's been such a valuable member of our crew that it was great to hear he loves our boat enough to volunteer to help with spring prep work...and he was sober when this happened, so I won't feel guilty holding him to that offer! We'll need all the help we can get when it's time to redo the bottom paint. If anyone else is interested, we will buy all meals during "working hours" at the boatyard...and remember, the yard is in Chinatown so there's LOTS of really tasty goodness to be had! :-D

Since accepting my total inability to do boatwork when temperatures don't exceed the freezing point throughout the day, I've been trying to focus on the small things...like finding good deals on items we want now so that if we buy them over time it will at least feel like fewer boat bucks. I really lucked out when I heard that S/V Kaleo was selling some of their stuff now that the boat itself has sold! We ended up with some great fans as well as some quality Harken block! I enjoyed reading about Matt & Christie's Carribean adventure, and look forward to when they return to the sea...hopefully we'll see them "out there" soon!

We also discovered that craft stores are great places to find organizational cases for all those small boat parts...I was looking for knitting project supplies and David found the PERFECT two-sided mini "suitcase" that'll be a huge step up from the tackle box we inherited when we bought Passage that has everything randomly tossed together in the big compartment! See...even though it's FRIGID here we're still able to achieve small boating accomplishments. Now I just need to start working on my winter sewing projects...but since I can barely even reach the interior cushions, there are some home projects that have to be taken care of first...
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