Monday, November 25, 2013


25 Nov 13
Kandahar, Afghanistan

A Floor Plan of the Boat.  Owner's Suite Forward, Guest Suite Aft.
Galley Starboard Aft, Salon Area Mid-Ship with Settee Port, Dining Starboard.

Well, we got the actual copy of the survey… surprises.  Everything was just as we had expected based on Dahleen’s observations and discussions with the surveyor.  I was able to capture some of his pictures of the interior and put them below on the blog. 

What’s next?  We are getting a few informational things cleared up through the broker (i.e., surveyor could get the CD player to play…he admitted it was probably user error.  He also couldn’t find the control switches for the inverter) .  Then, the next thing is for me to see the boat in February, then close in May.

We are working on transporting from Ohio to Deltaville, VA on the Chesapeake and checking on the cost of a bottom job.  The current bottom paint is less than a year old, but isn’t recommended for salt water, or warmer climates.  We don’t plan on staying in the cold weather any longer than we have to….LOL   I haven’t decided on getting that done before we transport or after we get it to the yard in VA.  Guess I will get quotes from both yards and decide from there. 

Since the weather is so cold in Cleveland now and the boat was already on the yard for winter stowing, we didn’t do a sea trial yet.  We won’t do that until we splash in the Chesapeake in June (hopefully).  The broker is going to set aside a substantial amount of money in escrow for issues that may come up with engine, transmission, A/C, freshwater systems, etc.  I don’t expect any issues since the boat has had little use and has been maintained to a high standard, but you never know.

We have much to do before we can push away from the dock and begin cruising.  Sometimes, it becomes overwhelming…..then I just think about the end result and it’s all good.  In reality, we have from June until December to do what we need to do, but we would like to be heading south toward the Bahamas in October. 

One of the things that took me a while to get used to while cruising before was the lack of a real urgency to get things done.  We have no schedule; we don’t HAVE to be anywhere at any particular time; we are totally dependent upon the weather conditions for our travel schedule anyway, so, why stress?  After being out there away from the rat race for a few months you finally start to realize this and begin to chill out a little.  Until then, it is a forced exercise…..especially for me, a type-A, slightly OCD, semi-control-freak-kinda person. 


Be careful out there….there are a lot of stupid people, and you can’t fix stupid.  You could get hurt.  

 Forward Owner's Suite.....Poor Quality Pic, Sorry.

 Settee in the Salon Area

 Salon/Dining Table With Plenty of Seating

L-Shaped Galley in Starboard Aft Corner

 A Nice View of the Salon Area...Table Lowers to Create Another Berth if Needed

 Dining Area

Nav Station Located Just Aft of the Sette on Port Side

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