Little Grace is going to a good home :)
Little Grace's new owners have had previous sail boats, one of which was her size, but presently have an open motor boat. She fits their requirements because they want to get back into weekend cruising and day sailing. However, their seaside summer cottage is in an area where their dock and the harbours they would like to visit are not very deep. Therefore they appreciated the fact that Little Grace's shallow draft will open up these places to them. As a bonus, for me, they also appreciated the work that has gone into her refurbishment.
Little Grace will go back in the water this week and her adventures will continue, starting with being sailed to her new home, a trip that will take at least three days. The trailer will follow on the back of a truck at a later date.
The sadness of seeing Little Grace sail away will be sweetened by the knowledge that she is going to a good home. Sentimental and anthropomorphic though it is I can't help it, I'm sure anyone who has read this blog, or any sailor for that matter, will understand.
Looking to the future
In the meantime we have found our "new" boat. She is a Sunwind 26 with a sugar scoop extension. We were attracted to the Sunwind 26 because she was built to be a family boat, in fact that is what it says on the maker's plate. She is old (= we can afford her) commodious, solidly built and has a good reputation. Her previous owners, who had cared for her for 14 years, were selling because the three generations, who sometimes sail together, had outgrown her and they needed something bigger.
|As I understand it the sugar scoop/swimming platform extension was manufactured by another company and retrofitted.|
This blogAlways intended to be about Little Grace's refurbishment and sailing qualities for the interest of other Hurley Alacrity and Vivacity owners, this blog comes to a close. It will remain on-line for as long as it is allowed to be; an archive that may be of help to someone, someday.
The new name for the new boat?
What else could it be but Grace; she is calling and wants to go to sea.
Video of Sailing Grace 2015
Two and a half men in one and a half boats
A sailing trip with two of my sons 2016