Blue Turtle Cruising

Sailboat sea trial and survey

With Blue Turtle {trawler} being sold for over 1 month now, Randy, Sophie and I have been wandering gypsies. We've stayed in 5 different homes in the last 4 weeks — house/dog sitting for a friend and then for my sister, staying at my parents' place in Fort Myers, then on to an airbnb near Lakeland for our son's wakeboard tournament and finally staying with Randy's dad in Punta Gorda while our sea trial and survey on the new sailboat was underway. We are anxiously awaiting that moment when we can bring home our new sailboat and move aboard...finally having a place called 'home'.

So, to update you guys, we are currently under contract on a 1978 CSY 44' Cutter Walkover sailboat. This is a blue water cruising boat with a center cockpit. She has a 89 hp Perkins engine and a Northern Lights generator. She drafts 5' and has a 58' bridge clearance. When Randy and I first looked at this boat, we fell in love. She has been meticulously maintained and we absolutely love the large center cockpit that divided the 2 cabins (hence the walkover). In the larger forward cabin is the galley, main salon, head with separate shower and v-birth accommodations. Across the cockpit is the aft cabin and master stateroom with head and navigation station. To say she'll be a comfy cruising boat is an understatement.

Last weekend, Randy and I headed to Punta Gorda where the boat is located. Since the nearest haul out facility is 4 hours from there, we decided to assist the owner and broker in delivering her to the marina. The next day, the surveyor arrived and started through his checklist. Everything has checked out great so far, however, we had a minor setback. While trying to raise the mainsail for the surveyor to take a look, a line broke which made it impossible to raise the sail. With most of the survey completed, our surveyor decided it best to call it a day and finish the last couple of items once the line was replaced and the sail could be raised. At this point, we are waiting for a rigging company to install the new mainsail line so the surveyor can complete his survey and do the oil tests. We were bummed that we couldn't complete the survey but are confident that the rest will go well. We will definitely keep you updated as things progress! If you haven't done so yet, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest info and photos. More to come soon!

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