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  1. I have Progressive for my 1972 Ranger 29, they have been great to work with. I only have liability for that boat though, since if it were to sink it would probably save me money.
  2. If you liked the west coast, but were turned off by the cost, you might consider Point Roberts. This little place is just $175K, and it's a 15 minute walk to the marina. Others will know better than me, but I understand that there is suddenly plenty of room in their marina. The pandemic has made it a tough place to live, but that won't last forever, and might represent a buying opportunity.
  3. This time a year, I would be tempted to tie up, just so I could plug in an electric heater, unless you already have some other source of heat on the boat. The nights are long, you might as well enjoy them in comfort. It would probably cost you around $30.
  4. I bought a Honda 2hp a decade ago (predecessor to the 2.3) . My approach to winterizing it has been to stop using it for a while. After ten years, I noticed that it doesn't reach full RPM any more. I suspect it's time to clean the carb. I've never changed the oil either (!!). So, follow the good advice of experienced boaters in this forum. But if you do nothing, it's probably not the end of the world. Pictured here at Blake Island, just south of you.
  5. I don't have any first hand experience with the Mason 43. But I have been impressed with Tom Cunliffe's Mason 44 that is featured in some of his Yachts and Yarns videos. It looks like a beautiful boat, and was clearly chosen by someone with more sea miles than I will ever accumulate. People have lusted after full keel boats for years, and for good reasons. Like anything, it's a tradeoff. With a full keel I could dry out on a tidal grid, worry less about a grounding or kelp, and have a deep bilge useful for all kinds of things. The boat is heavy, and can carry a lot of gear. If my bo
  6. I hope you had a good time. It was a bit smoky in the late summer, like so much of the west coast. Still nice though.
  7. I love the Typhoon, as others have suggested. But what about the Typhoon Senior? https://yotlot.com/the-typhoon-senior/ It even says Senior in the name. A lovely boat, and very affordable. Put a Torqueedo in the well, and you have a classy boat that can sit on a trailer when not in use, or in a slip ready to go.
  8. Great. Now I envy both your boat and that your children will sail with you... Enjoy!
  9. To my eye, Chuck Paine designs are gorgeous. If you are a fan, I highly recommend The Boats I've Loved, 20 Classic Sailboat Designs. Paine did worry that Annies had a bit too much weather helm. He never got to build his own 'dreamboat', an expanded Annie which you can read about in the book. Maybe you will
  10. Lovely spot. It looks like you might be a ~half mile north of the Illahee Dock? We are on Port Gamble Bay. Note that if you don't have a deep water mooring already, it could take years to get one, if you can get one at all. As you know, there is a lot of private tideland ownership on Puget Sound, but almost no private bedland ownership. To get a mooring installed on public bedlands you will need a permit from the county (easy), and a permit from the DNR (hard), who requires sign off from the Army Corps of Engineers, who for your area will probably require sign off from the Suquamish t
  11. A few years ago, I ordered a helical screw (6-7 feet) online, waited for the lowest tide of the year, then walked out and screwed it in myself on my tidelands. Screwing in the last couple of feet was pretty hard. It's worked perfectly since I installed it. I just need to inspect the gear and scrape the mussels and barnacles off. It certainly hasn't budged an inch since I installed it, but there is no current, and not too much wind at my location in the summer. I am in Kitsap county too. Since it dries a few times a year, I can't keep my sailboat on it. But it's perfect for my p
  12. This J/110 is still for sale, on a lovely Triad gooseneck. I have a trailer for my Ranger 29, and would love to check out the Great Lakes, New England, or the Bahamas. I just haven't had the time to leave the PNW, yet.
  13. The Europeans should comment, but if the boat is VAT paid in the EU, I wouldn't do anything to jeopardize that status. Your boat is in one of the very best cruising grounds in the world. If I were in your place, I would enjoy the boat for a few years in the med/Europe, before sailing home via Canaries/Caribbean. SE
  14. I have sailed an R29 in Puget Sound for years. I enjoy the boat, since it was dirt cheap and does well in light air. It has an encapsulated keel, and has no keel bolts. Before buying one tough, I would lie down in the bunks to make sure you are comfortable. I sleep in the quarter berth, and at 6' don't feel like I have much extra length. I bought a trailer for mine on Craigslist. One nice thing about an R29 or a C29 is that you can easily put it on a trailer, and pull it with a modern half ton pickup. That would be harder with a Catalina 30. Of course, if you need the space, g
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