New Sailboat!!

Joe and I wanted a nice little sailboat and trailer to sail whenever we wanted and keep those sailing skills up for chartering.  We have been watching  Craigslist for about 6 months to find just the right boat.  We finally found one yesterday, and arranged to meet the boat’s owner down at the lake marina today.

Here are the pictures from the Craigslist ad for this nice little 1984 O’Day 23:

Above, shown in the marina yard.

and on the water below.  The person taking the picture is standing on the bow (front) of the boat looking back to the cockpit:

No photos of the interior.  It is clean, but the cushions are original to the boat, so I will get them recovered.  Same goes for the forward V- berth.  The interior is very spacious for this size of boat.

After a detailed survey, we bought it!!  We plan to keep it for few years, then upgrade to a bluewater cruising boat.  Joe and I are excited!  The name of this boat used to be ‘Tee-Time,” so Joe and I started talking about potential names for our firstboat.  Picking a name for a boat is harder than you think.   I’m sure the right name will come to us, but if anyone has any ideas, bring them on!!

I started making a list of essentials to buy at West Marine.  New anchor & rode, fenders, some extra lines, depth finder, handheld radio,  and boat hook to start.   Now I need to hunt on craigslist for a used dingy, too.  Life is fun!!

Hugs, Carla

13 thoughts on “New Sailboat!!

  1. SWEEEEEEET!!!!!

    OMG that is so fantastic! You know the Bahamas become possible, if you are very very careful in that, because there are drive on ferries that will take you over as well as from island to island, then there is the Gulf of California, heck you could even go cruise Great Slave Lake or Great Bear Lake. Brrr…..]

    How fantastic is THAT!

    • You are too funny! This is our pre-cruising boat. When it is cruising time (way down the road) we will be getting a bluewater boat between 38 and 45 feet. A gal needs her space and comforts, y’know? LOL

      We will sail her on lakes mostly near our home. Also, SF Bay, too. Any good name ideas? I am looking for a short name (2 or 3 syllables that doesn’t sound dorky when we call on the radio.

  2. You are going to have so much fun with that! Just the learning and meeting all the new people is going to be great on top of all of the quiet time living and enjoying on the water. Bob and I bought our first motorhome last fall – it has been so much fun learning and traveling – kind of the same thing for “landlubbers”. We named him “Gus”. A name will appear and you will know it is perfect.

    • Hi Carol, so glad you are enjoying your motorhome!

      Joe and I bought it as a practice boat to keep our skills up in between bareboat charters. We also plan to upgrade to a bluewater cruising boat down the road, when cruising is in our plans. I want to cruise the Caribbean first and Joe wants to head to the south pacific.

  3. Congratulations!
    This may be too corny, but what popped into my mind was The Car-Jo Express.
    Kind of a play on your names & slicing through those blue waters, carrying all sorts of delicious cargo!

  4. Oooh, I like Car-Jo.

    How about “Soulmate”?

    “A soulmate or soul mate is a person with whom one has a feeling of deep and natural affinity, love, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, and/or compatibility.” (Wikipedia)

    Certainly sounds like you and Joe to me.

  5. Thank you for the name suggestions, Skye and Karen, but it doesn’t quite fit. Who would have thought that naming the boat would be so hard. LOL

    I like soulmate, but it is a bit too mushy for Joe… LOL Car-Jo reminds me of a cousin named Jo-Jo. Thank you for your efforts. I guess Carol is right, a name will eventually pop up and be perfect for this boat.

  6. All good names, but not yet the right name. It has to apply to both Joe and I , plus be easy to say in the radio. Thank you for all your efforts, though!

  7. Hi Carla, congratulations on getting your sailboat. I know you will use and enjoy it. I’m not good at naming objects, my A-1 is called Big Girl, but I thought Wave Runner might do. Of course that may be a name used lots by boat owners. Wish I could think of something better. I know you and Joe will come up with a good name.

  8. Congratulations on your new sailboat. We are in the process of selling our worldly goods to move aboard our Catalina 42 S/V Outrageous. I have my little Singer Genie on her & an abreviated sewing kit. I’ve been able to do a fair amount of sewing on her this year and last year. We plan on heading for parts unknown (South- the Caribbean) soon as we are able (maybe within a couple years). We LOVE our boat & feel a 42 will be large enough to live in comfortably. (I agree…Names are SO hard!)
    Good luck in your endeavors!
    My Sailboat:

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