Went on a dingy ride looking for alligators yesterday, just found a few old sticks. In our Walker Bay 8’ dingy we were squeezed in like sardines but actually it wasn’t too bad, just have balance out our weight a bit. No surprise that when we got back to the boat I ordered the tube kit for it. It will add a bunch of stability for girls who jump from one side of the boat to the other thinking they saw mermaids.
We have another custom 11’ dingy on order from Dux Boats. We had a cat style dingy chosen out because Prili (the Skye 51) had limited deck space and we could deflate the tubes and easily keep it on deck. You may want to check out this company’s web site but PLEASE do not use them. It has been a couple of months now since we sent our final payment because it was getting shipped out, but phone call after phone call, lie after lie. We paid for it in full and they actually hadn’t made it at all. They had the balls to send us a picture of someone else’s boat completed. Then they offered us a full refund or wait until they got some money in to build it. But hang on…. if you don’t have the money to build it then how are you going to give us a full refund???? So we opted to wait for it to be built, there was more chance that we would get a boat than a refund. As of yesterday it is meant to be shipped out today but I’ll believe that when I see a truck pull up with our dingy. Bloody horrible company to deal with. We would have completely understood their money hardships – after all we are business owners too but don’t just plain out lie to us over and over again. AGRAVATING!!!
It will be a miracle if we ever see it. Maybe we’ll name her “Nike” goddess of VICTORY.
Off to see my temporary midwife today in Hampstead NC. Get a check up and a few typical tests run before we leave for the Bahamas. I’ve been having horrible hip pain at night and haven’t been able to sleep. I bought a pregnancy pillow but that didn’t help any so we spent a couple of hours yesterday sawing up the exiting king master bed with an electric fishing knife and bought a new one. I am happy to say other than the 3 year old creeping into our bed at 1am wide awake, that I had a great sleep. Now all I have to do is work on the snoring husband and the pregnancy bladder and I’ll be a sweet sleeper. Zzzz
Check out our Skye 51 page, we are listing her for sale.
WHAT A DEAL!!!! You can also find her on ebay. Please contact us if you have any questions and would love that you would pass on our blog to other sailors looking for a great boat.
Manufactured: 1981, Mao Ta, Taiwan
Designers: Kaufman, Ladd
Production: Alden Yachts
Gross Tons: 25 Net Tons: 22
Mast Clearance 73’ (to ant.)
SA (100%) 1250 ftsq
Main Engine: 82Hp Perkins 4-236
I = 59.5’ J = 19.0’
P = 54.5’ E = 16.0’
IY = 44.0’
PY = 41.0’ EY = 12’
I2 = 40.26’ J2 = 12.87’
- Total Power: 82
Forward there is anchor locker accessible from the deck. Anchor locker also doubles as a crash compartment. Aft of that is the master stateroom. The bed is a between a king and queen size. The master has an ensuite with head, shower and storage. The master has ample storage for long journeys and a vanity is located to the port side between the entrance and the bed.
Moving aft is the spacious salon with a U shaped dinette and new solid mahogany table. On the port side is a couch/ lower sea berth. Above this is an upper sea berth to be either used for a berth or great for storage. Corner cabinets through out the salon.
Further aft is the U shaped galley. New ENO 3 burner stove/ oven. New deep double sinks. Separate fridge and freezer lockers. The fridge section has top and front access. The freezer has top access. To the starboard side of the galley is the navigation station with aft facing chart table. Inboard of chart table is a small pantry for easy reach food access.
The aft cabin has been converted to accomodate up to 3. Port side is a double berth with shelves. Starboard is a single berth with shelves. The aft cabin also has its own head. The aft head has a utility sink large enough for laundry and has the floor drainage for a shower.
Furthest aft is the engine room accessible under the cockpit seating.
Our Skye 51 is equipped with a top-of-the-line and fully integrated electronics suite centered on Furuno NavNet 3D, Simrad instruments and autopilot, Icom communications and NEMA 0183 and NEMA 2000, all new in February 2010. Simrad IS20 wind instruments(2/10) Simrad IS20 speed, depth transducers(2/10) 3-Simrad IS20 Graphic displays(2/10) Furuno NavNet 3D MFD12 12″ display chartplotter/radar(2/10) Furuno 24″ 4KW digital radar integrated w/chartplotter(2/10) Questus self-leveling radar mount on mizzen mast Furuno NavNet 3D ethernet hub(2/10) Furuno GP-32 dedicated GPS display(2/10) Furuno RD-30 instrument display(2/10) Furuno FX-30 weather fax receiver, antenna at main mast masthead(2/10) Icom M604 VHF radio, Command mic in cockpit, integrated w/GPS, masthead antenna(2/10) Icom AIS receiver, integrated w/Furuno NavNet 3D(2/10) Icom IC-M700Pro SSB radio(2/10) Icom AT-130 autotuner(2/10) Backstay insulators for SSB antenna(2/10) Simrad AP28 autopilot, linear drive, integrated w/Furuno & NEMA buss(2/10) Simrad AP28 wireless remote and NEMA 2000 controller(2/10) Loud hailer, mounted below radar antenna, integrated w/Icom 604 VHF radio(2/10) Airhorns, mounted on mizzen mast below wind generator Danforth Constellation binnacle compass
All new standing rigging – top to bottom. Stay lock fittings everywhere, new turn buckles. Every piece of standing rigging is brand new 2013!!!
Thanks to many horrible hours working with wood Carl got the range in place. He HATES carpentry with a passion and prefers to weld – lucky we have a steel boat and not a wood one.
The original stove was one straight out of a house, huge, useless and no oven! All the hours learning how to make bread from scratch is not going down the drain. Tomorrow a guy should be coming around to see if he can put in some stainless steel to encase the box it goes in. I think we’re also going to border it with stainless steel to hide the fact the hole was bigger than our Dickinson Marine Mediterranean stove. Can’t wait to cook something – who ever thought I’d be saying that.
Carl is out now with the girls (oh the peace, catching up on our business billing and payroll) looking for propane hose to get this bad boy powered up! Maybe spaghetti bolognaise for dinner tonight!!
But until then I have a mound of paperwork for our not so closed business, need to get Prili on ebay. It’s been raining here for the past few days and our laundry is in a huge festering nest in the forward cabin. But got my hand wringer in the mail yesterday so hopefully the rain holds off and I’ll get a couple of bucket loads washed today. Busy busy bee. People ask “what are you going to do all day on a sailboat?” Ummm hello “FIX IT and survive”
We have finally got internet hooked up!
As I write this Carl is screaming all sorts of blasphemies in the master, he’s fixing the head. Ewwww!
Well the car ride from MS to NC was miserable to say the least with two toddlers that pee every hour, to think Carl made better time pulling a heavy trailer and running just under the speed limit. But we finally got here and are happier for it. We stayed in a hotel for 4 nights, was meant to be for one but that was wishful thinking. The boat yards sand blaster broke down and set us back a few days. I’m sorry but there was no way I was staying out of the water with 2 toddlers and a pregnant woman’s bladder.
We got the bottom sand blasted and new zincs put on. We also had the wind vane taken off the stern, a boat this size is too big for wind vanes. Fixed a few problem areas and put a few layers of paint on. Bearing Marine was a great yard to deal with, they stated a price and actually stood by it. Pretty rare in a boat yard.
We still haven’t unloaded the trailer yet and I’m sure it’ll take until we finally leave, how did we accumulate so much stuff?
We put some rugs on the floor (no flooring yet or maybe ever). The girls picked out some bedding and stickers for their room and Carl got to work fixing the forward head, shower and galley sink.
All is well on board and we are quite happy and the girls are dealing with the change like troopers. The larger boat is far less stressful with the girls on deck then the Skye. Far less clutter on the deck and handrails are 3’ tall. We are all rednecked up with a huge tarp covering us. All the deck hatches leak which is no big deal because we planned on replacing them all before we leave.
Carl has also removed the forward cabin bed to create a chain locker. Who knows why they built the boat with the chain exposed to the rest of the boat. Stinky stinky! I could just image baby crabs crawling around the salon in the middle of the night. Still need to weld in the wall and put the bed back and we are in business for Grandma and Grandpa to visit for Thanksgiving.
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