The story… On July 4th 2011 some friends invited us to their boat to watch the fireworks. I said it sounded like fun. I had no idea that our lives would be changed forever. We went to the boat and I was kind of amazed at how comfortable I felt on the boat. I had been on a few powerboats, and smaller boats, but never a 30 foot yacht. I walked around it and enjoyed the ocean breeze and the clean air. The motion of the boat was calming. The owners mentioned hat they were looking at a bigger boat and they were going to sell this one. I jokingly told my wife to write a check. In the back of my mind I thought that it would be cool to come out here regularly and hang out. I had no idea how much a boat cost, what a good boat is, or even how to sail it. I jokingly asked my wife how much they wanted for it. A few days later she told me the price…”Really?” is what I said…So we talked about it, thought it over, and I did my research on boats and decided to buy it. This is probably the most spontaneous thing we have ever done. We had no idea what condition it was in, how to maintain it, how to sail it, or where to put it. Didn’t matter, we bought it! Its a beautiful boat. It was made in 1975 but you would never know it. People that have seen it would guess it was maybe 10 years old, not 36. Having a 35 year old BMW I know that the build quality in the 70s was amazing, but how was the boat taken care of? We bought the boat knowing it needed a few things.
- Bottom Paint
- Minor Fiberglass Repair
- A Few Valves
- Minor things
We had it immediately taken to Balboa Boat Yard and it was taken out of the water. We were warned that they would probably find a laundry list of things to fix. When the boat yard called, they suggested 2 things. Fixing a bilge pump, and a flex pack…He said the boat was in amazing shape. Great news. The last thing we wanted to do was buy a boat that was constantly needing repairs.
We got the boat back and it was all clean and shiny after being painted and polished and it was ready for adventure. One problem, neither of us knew how to sail! If you like this page subscribe on the left side of the page to stay updated on the continuing adventures of Cuajota!