How many frogs do I have to kiss before I find my prince? How many boats do I have to sail before I find my next blue water chariot? Three? Five? Ten?
Try fifty-eight! I think we did our due diligence. We made spreadsheets and shot thousands of photos.
We considered them all, from A to Z, from an Alajuela 33 to a Zaal designed Northern Comfort 43, and many others in between.
Our interest started with the Cape George 36. With her traditional lines, full keel, cutter rig, bowsprit, and stoutness. It was a logical choice for former owners of a Bristol Channel Cutter 28 and a Nor’sea 27. But along the way, we were lured in by the beauty of the double enders like the Alajuela 33 and a custom built Freya 39… and so the journey began.
We looked at wood, fiberglass, aluminum and steel. We considered cutters, sloops, ketches, schooners, and even the wacky aero-rig, like this one pictured below.
We looked at fast boats like the Cambria 44, and slow, steady vessels like the Westsail 32.
We drove from the southern most region of the north America, to the upper regions of Quebec, looking at boats in Marathon, FL and the Gaspé Region along the St. Lawrence. Our search extended from sea to shining sea covering San Diego, Annapolis, and points in between. We looked at boats in a total of four different countries, and have the passport stamps to show it.
Do you think we are crazy yet? Nah! Picky? Maybe. Did we learn a lot about what’s out there? Yes. Do we want to do it again? Nope.
Almost two years later, we finally found a boat we both liked, that would serve our purpose, at a price we could afford. It’s a far cry from the Cape George 36, but we’re glad our boat search has been a long and windy road. I think we’ve learned a lot about what we want from a boat, and that every boat is a compromise. So we’ve made an offer, and crossed our fingers. Where is she located? I’ll give you a hint…it’s in a place where can you see the sun rise over the Pacific.
In the next post, we’ll discuss more of the nitty gritty details about some boats we saw and some of the things about them we really liked, or didn’t like.