Sunday, November 13, 2011

For Sale: Catalina 25 - $7500

This is a 1982 tall rig, fin keel 25ft sailboat with a good 150% jib on Harkin roller furler and 2 main sails (one 3 years old), good running 9 hp two-cycle outboard, VHF radio, Danforth anchor, new tiller, Danforth bulkhead compass and Norcross Hawkeye depth sounder, and a 2-axle PullRight trailer with surge brakes.

As our first "big" boat, it was perfect for learning how to sail and it is in great shape. Since we bought it 3 years ago, the standing and running rigging have been replaced, wiring kit, lights, antenna, and Windex installed on mast, brass thru-hulls replaced, all plastic water and drain lines replaced, water tank removed, cleaned and sterilized, porta-potty added, Whale pumps overhauled at both sinks, Sunbrella sun guard strip added to jib, and main rigged for double jiffy-reefing. The boat is currently on the trailer and ready to go at the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina with refinished brightwork, polished stainless stanchions and pulpits, and a new bottom job.

In our 3 years with the boat, we spent many enjoyable weekends on it. The alcohol stove works great and there is room for a couple to be perfectly comfortable.

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Boat!!!

A great weekend at Corpus, even without any sailing!!! Anna and Alex spent the weekend with us and that was great fun. We got to share our favorite spots in Corpus including our boat "Breaking Away" and the marina, beach, Ocean Drive, and the Water Street Oyster Bar (very disappointing this time). But the real highlight for the weekend was sharing the excitement of making a deal on a new boat. This is "Red Hand", a Cape Dory 31. It is a real blue water boat and is fully capable of taking us anywhere we have the nerve to try to go.

A very big plus for this boat is the couple we are buying it from, Roger and Debbie. They are a great couple and have taken excellent care of this boat.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Flying her colors

For too long, "Breaking Away" has not flown its true colors. No More! Today, I hoisted Kathy up the mast to install a flag halyard. Now we can show our flags for the "O" (Oler or Obama, your choice), Spain, and Portugal.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Here is the boat all tucked into the new slip with a new set of dock lines and ready for the next storm.

Back home today. The cats had to take turns showing Kathy how happy they were that we are home.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

new home for 'breaking away'

We got into Corpus at about 7:30 last night and it is as warm as we hoped. Arriving at the boat this time was very nice as everything was in just about the same shape as when we were last here in October. Usually, we find rusty stainless steel, weathered wood, and unexpected water and mildew. We had dinner at the Water Street Oyster Bar and went to bed early.

This morning was wet and rainy so we had breakfast at the Iguana Cafe and ran errands. When we stopped by the Marina office to pick up a permit and pay the slip rental, we found that slips were available on the newer piers. We decided to move up and spent the rest of the day accomplishing that.

This is a floating pier which means that it will rise and fall with the boat when the tide level changes. That makes tying up easier and is also safer during storm surges. The pier also has a better security gate with an easy to operate lock, good lights, and better restrooms.

The new pier also has full length 'finger piers' which extend out along the side of the boat. The previous slip also had finger piers but they only extended about half the length of the boat. We always had to climb up and over the life line and then walk across the deck to get to the cockpit. This is much nicer. We can lower the lifeline and step directly into the cockpit.