Sunday, December 28, 2008

Nuevo Barco!

Meet our new boat purchase!!!

Just kidding....

We actually purchased the mothership to this little rowing skiff, a 32 foot Down East sailboat!!

She was built in 1978 in Santa Ana, California by Down East Yachts, Inc. and is a cutter-rigged sloop. Her hull, deck, and superstructure are fiberglass and the draft is only 5 ft, (a change from a 65 ft wooden boat with a 10 ft draft). The mast is deck-stepped and she has a full keel. The displacement is 17,000 lbs and the 24 hp Universal engine is the original with 3 cylinders. The fuel tank capacity is 72 gallons and the duel water tanks hold a combined 95 gallons. A world cruiser for sure.....

We spent last week testing the boat's systems, raising all three sails, and cleaning every nook and cranny. Downsizing to a smaller vessel after working and living on the Ursa Major makes small work of any sailboat task. Engine maintenance this morning took only 22 minutes....

We were very lucky to find a sailboat in such great cruising condition and hope to leave this week for our first cruise around the islands north of La Paz.

1 comment:

  1. Holy Crap, you guys! How cool it is that you're pursuing your dreams!

    Congratulations on your new "baby." I'm just so excited for you. Have great adventures! I look forward to seeing the photos and hearing your stories.- Alicia