Category Archives: Jeff’s Blog

Getting Ready for Commissioning

Just to the left of center in the above photo is Bear on the hard. I took this photo while I grabbed a cup of chowder at the Lobster Shack, which is a delightful little place that serves up lobster … Continue reading

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More Cruising Videos on YouTube

Last June, we posted about our favorite sailing videos on YouTube.  We are still watching YouTube, but there are some new videos we have discovered over the past year.  So, we figured we would update you on some of our … Continue reading

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How We Chose a Surveyor

As soon as we had an accepted offer on our boat, we started to look for a surveyor.  There are a lot of benefits to having a survey before the purchase.  First, while we had looked over the boat carefully, … Continue reading

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Cruising Guides to Long Island Sound and Other Resources

The summer before I met Margaret, my buddy Jonny and I spent three weeks in the Chesapeake sailing my Catalina 22, Helbent.  We had a tremendous time exploring the bay, and, as soon as I got back, I started planning … Continue reading

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Driving to Connecticut Interview – Heading to see Bear!

As we were in the process of setting up the survey, it became clear that, because of Margaret’s busy schedule, I was going to be going to the survey without her.  Understandably, Margaret wanted to see the boat in person … Continue reading

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The Yachtworld Market – What Happened to the Boats We Looked At?

There are a number of frustrating things about looking at boats on Yachtworld, all related to the fact that the managers of the website keep a good deal of data to themselves.  You have no idea how long a boat … Continue reading

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An Accepted Offer!

With the call from the broker, we were relieved knowing at last, but also deflated. We had discussed our finances repeatedly over the previous four days, and had come to the conclusion that we could afford to pay only half … Continue reading

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Waiting and Wondering

As many of you know, the weather in Illinois has been awful this winter, and the weekend we put the offer in on Bear was no different.  Temperatures were in the single digits and a pile of new snow blanketed … Continue reading

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We Put an Offer in on a Boat!

Though I was done looking at boats in Florida, the whirlwind trip was not over yet. My flight left out of Miami early the next morning, leaving me some time to catch up with a college buddy and meet his … Continue reading

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Contest 40 in Indiantown

While we were walking off the dock after looking at the Union 36, Joe, the broker, asked me if I would be interested in seeing a Contest 40 that he thought was in fabulous shape.  I was unfamiliar with a … Continue reading

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