After really thinking about it, I’ve decided not to go through with my plan to downsize to a smaller boat. I’ve done way too much work on the Turtle to start over from square one.
No matter how small and simple a boat is, there is always going to be work to do on a new boat. There are always going to be changes you’ll want to do, to make the boat you own. That time would be much better spent working on the boat I already have.
And this way Sparky won’t miss his little windows.
Getting Off The Rock
By not downsizing, it means it’s going to be a little longer before I really get to go cruising. In the meantime, I have a few small trips planned, over the next few months, which will at least get me out of town for a few days, and help me keep my sanity.
I’m still going to the boat show, to check out boats, and all the other new toys, even though I’m not buying anything. I also have a few other trips planned, but I’ll save them for a future post.
Part Time Cruising
Even without selling the boat, I’ll be out of the hole by the end of this season. So, after the season winds down here, I am going on a short cruise. I already talked to my boss, and she’s ok with me leaving for a few months, since it will be a ghost town here anyway.
I’ll probably leave right after Labor Day, and return right before Thanksgiving, when things start to pick up again. That’s almost 3 months! Plenty of time to take off to the Bahamas, or maybe cruise the Gulf Coast, which I’ve never done before.
Part of it depends on if I get the work done on the boat this winter, or if I plan on doing it during my time off.
Where do you think I should go?
One of the reasons I need to haul out is to remove the last few old thru-hulls. After that is done, I’ll have a boat with no holes below the waterline.
The bigger issue is the centerboards are in really bad shape. I can sail the boat with them the way they are now, but they’re pretty much non functioning.
I was originally going to build new ones, then to save money, I decided to repair the old ones, completely saturating them with epoxy and then laying fiberglass over them. Now I have different plans.
Doing The Unthinkable
I met another Gemini 105 owner a few weeks, who’s centerboards were removed by the previous owner. The captain who helped him deliver his boat, who had experience with Geminis, was impressed by how well it sailed, even without the boards.
Then just a few days ago I read another Gemini 105 owner’s review of the Gemini Legacy. He was very impressed, and said it performed pretty similar to his 105. So, instead of repairing my boards, I’m going to replace them with small stub keels.
No more maintenance, one less thing to deal with when sailing, one less thing to bump into inside the cabin. It will only increase the draft by about one foot, and may actually make the boat a little lighter.
Now the question is wood or composite?