Haul-out and Survey susannecoates Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:47
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Bert Jabin's Yacht Yard, 7310 Edgewood Rd, Annapolis, Maryland, United States, North America
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38.96030
Longitude
-76.48150
Altitude
3.00 m
 

Today was the haul-out, survey and sea trial of my soon-to-be home. During this process the boat is hauled-out of the water (see the slide sequence at the bottom of the page) by means of a Travel Lift, then she's power washed to remove "critters" from the hull and the surveyor begins his work.

Sérénité: My Move-Aboard Experience (Part II)
Walking the Plank
susannecoates Sun, 08/28/2016 - 00:09
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onboard Sérénité, Annapolis, MD, United States, North America
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38.96810
Longitude
-76.47470
Altitude
0.50 m
 

Continued from Part I:  What I needed to be comfortable onboard was - mostly - an open question right up until I found my boat. Among the variables I had to consider were budget, living space, sailing performance, intended use (both short term and long term) and the initial condition of the boat.

Finding Serenity: Sérénité Found!

Ouí, she's French and Ouí, she has a built-in wine rack :-)
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Forest Hills, Washington DC, United States, North America
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38.94460
Longitude
-77.06380
Altitude
76.00 m
 

After much deliberation, training, planning and over 2 years of looking at boats, thinking about requirements, looking at more boats, adjusting requirements, etc. my moving-aboard project is nearing completion. I am happy to announce that - if there are no hiccups with the inspection and closing - Serenity will be a French-built, Jeanneau Sun Fizz sloop, built in Les Herbiers, France in 1984 and designed by world renowned Naval Architect, Philippe Briand.

Finding Serenity: The Search Begins

Big boat, little boat, which will be the Coates boat?
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Forest Hills, Washington DC, United States, North America
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38.94460
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-77.06380
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76.00 m
 

Last week I took a deep breath, gave the email a final look and pressed "send." Thus notifying my broker, Dave, that I was ready to begin the search for my boat. I took this step with a mixture of excitement (over the anticipated joys of living aboard), trepidation (over the anticipated rigors of living aboard), and a dash of "Susanne are you nuts!?!"

Finding Serenity: Downsizing my Life.

Throw-away, give-away, pack-away, E-bay, cra-cra!
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Forest Hills, Washington DC, United States, North America
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38.94460
Longitude
-77.06380
Altitude
76.00 m
 

It's appalling how much stuff I've accumulated over the years! When I moved from Kentucky to Maryland in 2004 I got rid of a lot of electronic junk I thought I might use someday - but never did. When I moved from Maryland to DC I downsized again, but still I had a storage unit stuffed to the ceiling. Finally, when I moved from my small studio apartment (lovingly nicknamed Space Station Susanne because it had about the same internal volume as SkyLab) to the one-bedroom that I currently occupy, I had enough room to bring boxes out of storage and begin going through all of it item-by-item.

Finding Serenity

Home, Home on the Waves...
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Forest Hills, Washington DC, United States, North America
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38.94460
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-77.06380
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76.00 m
 

Ok, so this blog post is a coming-out of sorts - I'm one of those "crazy" people who has, until now, secretly aspired to live aboard a sailboat. Growing up in Southern Virginia, summer activities often centered around the water. My dad, a jack-of-all-trades, built the first boat the family owned out of plywood and fiberglass. It was a small powerboat, but I remember it seeming huge to me - I was 5 or 6 at the time. Later, my family owned other powerboats and enjoyed spending time picnicking and water skiing on various lakes in the area.