Things are about to get exciting in the boatyard, we just bought another boat. Actually, we shook on it and are going to sign the paperwork next weekend, but what the hell, let's call that a deal.
She's a slightly bigger boat, a Newport 28. Very manageable for singlehanding, big enough cockpit for the whole family, a galley (sans blender temporarily), an enclosed head (very important with a 5 year old), and just enough projects to keep Bob and I busy.
She's built more like a sailboat than a bus (remember the Catalina 30) and has very nice lines with a bow overhang, sweeping decks, and she's BABY BLUE. So far I've had a mustard yellow and a baby blue boat, I really really need to outgrow 1970s boats.
First thing first, I need to go down below with a bottle of 409 and a large pot to boil things in. Wow, do I have a cleanup job. But I can't forget the first lesson I ever learned in boat ownership: you know that warning about using Mildex in a well-ventilated area, well, let's just say, follow that advice. Anyway, it's nothing that 6-8 hours of hard work won't cure and the rest of the boat is in great shape.
More details to follow.