Well, it has been a crazy two weeks. As of a week ago Friday, we are officially the new owners of a 37 foot Endeavor, cutter rigged sloop sailboat. It has been a crazy ride getting to this point…and an even crazier ride since.
I’d like to introduce you to Luna Si!
(When we heard the name we knew it was for us, since pretty much everyone we know thinks we have lost our minds.)
The sailboat is a 1978 Endeavor (the plan B model). We are the fifth owners. The previous owners only sailed her down to the Bahamas for a couple of months before they were unable to use her due to health concerns. You can tell that she has been cared for, although there are plenty of things that need a bit of maintenance and updating, which is to be expected for a 40-year-old boat.
Luna Si is a cutter rigged sloop, which means that there is an extra jib sail in the front, but no additional mast (which would make it a true cutter). It was made before boat builders started molding hulls using thinner fiberglass, so it has a nice, thick fiberglass hull. Very sturdy.
The interior is charming with a lot of woodwork that is mostly in good condition. There is a nice dining table with wrap-around seating, which will be great for working on schoolwork.
The survey inspection found several issues that really need to be addressed. We knew it was important to get a survey before purchase, and found that it was definitely true. The biggest issue is that there is a leak in the diesel tank which is leaking into the bilge. However, it appears to be a small leak. Although yes, this is a big deal, it is relatively easy to fix. The tank is basically a big, rectangular, aluminum box. The floor boards lift up for access. We just need to remove a couple supports, remove the old tank, put in a new one, connect the hoses, and we’ll be good.
The running rigging is mostly pretty old, and will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. That is pretty easy. Although the lines (ropes) are fairly expensive for rope, almost all of that we can replace ourselves. The main halyard (the rope that raises the main sail up the mast) is in pretty poor shape. That one will need to be replaced professionally. It requires a wire/rope splice that a professional rigger would be able to do. I am not willing to even attempt that yet.
The lifelines and stanchions need to be replaced. There are a couple broken stanchions and the lifelines are starting to rust. Since that is a fairly important safety feature, that will need to be replaced soon, but it is something that we will be able to do ourselves.
Finally, we will need to get a bottom paint job done before too long, and when we do that, the propeller is fairly corroded, so we’ll replace that as well.
There are of course, other miscellaneous repairs and updates, but those are the major things. We are really excited to start on the work to get her ready for serious travel.
Our surveyor (Captain Carl McCann) was great, always making sure we understood he was there representing us and making sure we understood the things that need to be done, along with an idea of cost, and what would happen if it is put off. He was extremely and we also ended up employing him to help us move the boat from Naples to the only marina we were able to find a spot in, up in St. Petersburg, FL. I will post soon to tell about the trip to St. Pete. It was definitely an adventure.