Most of our family and friends are aware that we've been looking at boats. It was our goal when we left Austin to find a safe, capable, cruising sailboat on a budget. We decided early on not to be too chatty about it since we don't have a clue what we're doing. We've done extensive research, looked at dozens over the last few months, from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay, and it's been challenging.
All the while travelling around, camping occasionally, but mostly inflicting ourselves on unsuspecting family and friends who have graciously opened their homes, fridges, and liquor cabinets to us.
We started off wanting a catamaran for the living space and stability but quickly discovered that everything in our price range was low quality, a project (or both), and we were even discouraged from buying a couple by their sellers, stating that they just didn't sail that well.
So we looked at monohulls. Many more options in our budget and we even saw a couple that would have been fine but nothing inspired us.
Then we stumbled on a third option...
a sort of hybrid of mono-hull and catamaran...
This is our boat:
The deal is done!
Couldn't have purchased her from nicer people.
Thanks Dave and Dottie!
Of course, you're all wondering how Kipper is adjusting. No worries, he's adapting just fine.
More to come...