Berthing Room #2.

By Posted in - Personal & Pre Trip on May 31st, 2009

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On the same day my friend Ali gave birth to her 2nd child, a beautiful little girl named Maggie Rose, I became the proud owner of my first boat! A cute little 27′ foot Catalina sailboat named Lucky Lady. 

 Yah! Yah! I am so excited! I’m still kind of in shock that I even bought a boat seeing that I don’t even know how to sail but I did it and I love it! It may have been one of the best things I have ever done. Seriously.

I have realized all the nay-sayers who tried to squash my wet sea dreams were people who had no idea what they were talking about. The best day of a boat owners life is the day they buy the boat and the day they sell it…this is just a crap quote. I cannot tell you how many times this was quoted to me on my boat buying journey. It’s def. not true, every day is great on the boat! I finally noticed that the people who say that quote are people who have never owned a boat. They want to but they are just too afraid so they repeat that quote like talking heads because not doing so would force them to face their own reality that they are not being true to their own dreams. Suckers – suck this! This boat is kickin’.

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I spent all weekend cleaning and painting the interior of the boat. I really want to paint over the top grey part of the boat but I haven’t decided on a color yet. Any ideas?? I wanted to do it black like a pirate ship but I’m thinking it might be too hot in the sun. Anyway, I slept on the boat all weekend and Randy & I took it out for a spin on Monday. Which turned out to be a really scary event. In retrospect, it was not my smartest idea to take it out, when 1. I barely know how to sail and 2. it was Memorial Day and everyone seemed to be out on their own boats. A homeless man was Huck Finn-ing around the harbor in a 4′ sailboat with his hat over eyes and came w/in a foot of running right into us until I screamed at him to turn around and he woke up. Technically he had the right of way but there was another boat fishing to the other side of us and we had nowhere to go. It was extremely nervewracking! I then almost burst ino tears when we had to bring it back to slip, I was so afraid of hitting someone else’s boat that Randy had to bring it in. Randy and I are trying to work things out again. What can i say, he is cute and hard to stay away from. Anyway, I have a friend who is promising to teach me how to sail and I can’t wait. This little boat is awesome and just hanging out on it all weekend makes you feel like you are miles away from reality. I realized I’m not going to be sailing to South America in 3 months like I was originally thinking (sometimes I don’t know where I come up with these delusions…) but it’s still fun to hang out on the docks and soak up the rays.

I fed some ducks and a jumping fish. Life is good.

Lauren, Scout & Chachy on the boat before I redid the inside.

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 The kitchen after I redid some painting.

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I’ll be adding new pics soon because I’ve done a lot more work on it and the boat is so cute now!

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(6) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Brooke vs. the World -

    June 2, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    HOLY CRAP – THAT IS AN AWESOME BOAT I LOVE IT AND WISH I NOW HAD A BOAT! Hhaah love the blue paint -so bright!!!! Good luck!!!!!!

  • Meg -

    June 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Congrats!!! That’s so awesome that you went for it–I love the boat!

  • Travel Visa -

    November 24, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Travel Visa…

    WHo says the internet is full of garbage? Great post! Rock on……

  • Trinidad shipping -

    June 11, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Very interesting post,
    Thanks for the effort you took to expand upon this topic so thoroughly. I look forward to future posts.

    shipping to trinidad

    There are various sea vessels involved in shipping. It may include box boats or container ships, bulk carriers, tankers, ferries, cable layers, dredgers and barges.

  • Old Salt -

    November 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Wow: stumbled onto this blog somehow… awesome! I’m amazed when people buy boats with absolutely no experience. So crazy… and stupid perhaps. I’m extremely technically minded and have been sailing for 10 years, and I still have a tough time keeping on top of all the things that go wrong with an old sailboat. And because I’ve bought, and sold, a few over the years, I heartily endorse that the best days are when you buy one, and when you sell one.

    This post is over a year old: gotta know how it turned out. Did you ever sail the Lucky Lady?

    • Bethany -

      November 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      It turned out to be a great experience!

      She was a great boat, sailed perfectly and we had a ton of fun on her. I would do it over again in a heartbeat. 🙂

      @Old Salt,