We closed on the Aleutian 51 motorsailor on Friday. Finally. I’ll write about this exhausting purchase process in future posts but needless to say I’m relieved. It’s been a bit of a struggle to remember the positive points that attracted us to her in the first place; but we’ve finally closed and started work on her this morning. This boat just needs some TLC and of course being a “77”; she’ll need some TLC + cash put into her at the right time as needed. But we know she’s got good bones and she has lots of features we like, so we continued to believe in those qualities even when we were worn down by the lengthy process of discovery. The process wasn’t helped by me blowing out both my eardrums or the fact that we didn’t have an easy time of the sales process, but that’s for other posts. Right now, I’m totally relieved to do all of the work we did today because I’m back to a production sailboat that’s right for my family and has the ability to become our home on the dock and cross any ocean imaginable if we choose that route. We’re still selling our own house in the next five months and moving onto this boat in July, to live on her until we change our minds or leave on our own cruising trip. I love the interaction with all of you and the fact that some of you actually read this blog thing with all these storie, keep it up-
Tomorrow, photo essay of today’s adventure with trash and cleanup,,,,trying to show you what NOT to do when you finally sell your boat and walk off it. We didn’t do this when we sold Tulum IV and I don’t want you to do it when you sell your own boat. Stay with us, that story tomorrow.