Dennis is a vertern cruiser, owned more boats than I’ve owned cars and crossed most oceans. More importantly Julie and he are good friends. It was a little awkward buying a boat to live on and having the previous owner stay involved, let alone live aboard in the master suite. However, true to his nature, DENNIS kept fixing things while I was gone. Should have let them say longer.......
Take a look at the picture on the top of the blog, the water stream is used to washdown the anchor chain. It’s from a large hydraulic driven pump that delivers several hundred gallons an hour of seawater. Testing this in the dock at Old Port Cove almost got us evicted. WORKNOT was clearly on the small range of boats at this West Palm resort and the big boys do NOT appreciate saltwater blown completely across the dock, across their power pedestal and half way up the side of their boat.
Getting a boat ready to cruise is all about mechanical prep and loading supplies including spares. Dennis sold us the boat declaring “is my last boat” (keep that thought as it recurs often) and so all the onboard spares, tools and the contents of his 20yr+ storage locker came with the boat. Just sorting out stainless hardware is a job.