Hello from another newbie! Originally from Southern California and grew up into my teen years in Pittwater, Australia. Sailed dinghy's and the family's 20 foot wooden sailboat with a single cylinder diesel.
Was landlocked for years chasing career and got into airplanes - I am a glider and power pilot as well as an FAA certified mechanic. Sea sports have always remained a passion and I Scuba dive, water ski etc.
Relocated to Singapore a couple of years ago and almost made the "mistake"
of buying a power boat but fortunately lack of decent supply held me off. About 6 months ago I started sailing again with the parallel goal of introducing my 9 y/o son to sailing as well. Completed a keelboat refresher course and have been renting J24s.
Recently I met my partner and almost overnight we have become boat owners. We went in with a couple of goals.
1/ Buy half the boat we can afford - Leave money for learning
2/ Buy half the boat we think we can handle - Don't get in over our heads!
3/ Make sure we can sail at night and overnight in the boat - An inboard engine and electrical system is important
4/ Make sure the famlies enjoy it - It must have a head, and a galley would be nice
So we bought a Maxi 77. It's in pretty darn good shape, was remasted (+ new sails) and the 10hp Volve Penta overhauled a couple of years ago. The hull is sound so we think the major stuff is covered. The previous owner's kids grew up and he was at the point where he sailed every 3-4 months. The good news was that he had a trailer and it was stored in dry dock the whole time.
We have started our list of maintenance items :icon_boohoo1: so welcome to boat ownership, I guess - LOL. The items so far are indicative of lack of use - dried out bilge pump seals and so on. We plan to take car of the "safety" items right away - e.g the seacocks for the head are frozen - but the cosmetic stuff we plan to accumulate for a month or so and work up a good list of items to work on all at once.
We plan to use the boat to gain experience in coastal waters and even though she is small do some overnight trips and get a taste of on-board life. I figure that at this point our luck bag is pretty full and our experience bag is empty. We will go slow and over time trade our luck for experience.
I have browsed several of the topics and you all seem like a pretty nice, and more importantly experienced, group of people. I look forward to asking lot's of newbie questions and learning from your experience.
Thanks fo listening!