A New Vessel... A New Life!
Tags: sailboat | sailing | boat | live-aboard | virginia | mischief | alberg
I know that I have gone off-grid for a while, but I swear, it is with good reason (and also the nature of the live-aboard life I have chosen)! I had a great time in California and caught up with all of my old friends. We even went to Catalina Island to celebrate the one year anniversary of two of my closest friends and part of the reason that I decided to move aboard.
While I was in California, a few things came together that allowed me to live on the new boat that I am on now. Before I left I went on a sail aboard a beautiful Alberg 37 and hypothetically talked with the owners, Kip and Linda about purchasing her. While I was in DC, I had put in an offer on a CT-42 Mermaid Ketch that has been in my marina, unused, for a couple of years. The owner politely declined my offer.
I knew that my ultimate goal was to end up on a larger boat and after consulting with several friends, I decided to put in a offer on the Alberg 37 that I went out for a sail on the day before I left to California. While I was back West, I had a cashiers check drawn and couldn't wait to get back to Kinsale, VA to finalize the deal. This does not mean that I have abandoned Edisto, that project is still alive and well. I will continue to work on her until I set sail this Winter for the Bahamas.
I really did buy a turn-key boat. When I bought her, Mischief had just returned from a Winter in the Bahamas. Other than the deck needing to be re-painted and the jib sail cover needing to be redone, anything I do to Mischief is going to be an upgrade. Aside from having MUCH more room, there are so many features that make this boat truly a dream:
- 45 H.P. Diesel Engine
- 60 Gal Diesel Feul
- 90 Gal Water
- 2 Burner Propane Stove/Oven
- Freshwater Pump
- All Bronze Hardware (incl. portlights, rigging, etc.)
- Natures Head Composting Head
- Full Compiliment of Sails
- Electric Raw Water Deck Wash Pump
- Hard Top Dodger
- Canvas Biminy
- Raymarine AutoHelm
The previous owners did not use electronics at all so I will spend the next couple of months upgrading the internal electronics, adding solar/wind generators and adding more advanced equipment. Since purchasing her, I have already made several upgrades, including new AGM battery banks, a 22" Samsung LED TV, Raymarine E7 Chartplotter and a propane BBQ on my aft pulpit.
Since I purchased Mischief, I have taken her out for a sail almost every weekend with friends here at the marina. I have also take her out for several solo sails on the weekdays. It is SOOOOO nice having as boat that I can take for a sail. So without further ado, I introduce you to the S/V Mischief:
JT has backgrounds in electronics engineering, software development/engineering and video production. He has always had a great love for the outdoors and the ocean in particular. His enthusiam for sailing, long distance backpacking and survivalism fuels his passion for traveling and adventure.