This weekend we head down to San Diego to meet the current owners of Windekind for a Sea Trial. I am beyond excited to see what this boat feels like under sail. With a Bob Perry’s guidance and feedback, I feel like I know her sailing characteristics pretty well, but there’s nothing like having your hands on the helm to give you a sense of a boat’s character.
On Sunday we’ll meet with the engine surveyor, and that’s when the real fun begins. Windekind has a Volvo Penta, raw water cooled engine. Normally this is an engine that I would have backed slowly away from. In this case though, it has been recently rebuilt and, like the rest of the boat, looks to be in fine condition. The surveyor will let us know if gunk from the 30 year old iron tanks or saline sediment from the raw water cooling has created any problems, but I’m more confident of the engine than I am of the tanks.
Which leads me to Monday. On Monday we meet with both a hull surveyor and a rigging surveyor. The boat will be hauled out and we’ll get our first look at the bottom. The good news is that the boat is system light. No chart plotter, wind, speed, and a very basic autopilot, leave little to find failures in. Still most of the systems it does have are old—some very—and the critical systems (tanks, batteries, plumbing, hull, steering, etc.) are all complete unknowns. An unresolved failure in any of those systems could delay or negate our financing. For those of you who are interested I’ll be posting the survey results in a future article.
So this is what I’ve been up to this last week— worrying, waiting, and anticipating. Windekind is overflowing with potential and this weekend we finally get to see if she passes muster. Wish us luck!