Luna has a new home

Shortly after posting a listing for Luna on Kijiji (local free classifieds) I was contacted by Duffy Quintin who said he would like to come and see her. I actually tried to convince him that what he wanted was a boat that was ready to go, not a project like what I was offering, but he was quite determined, and came down to see her. He had read my blog – I think in its entirety – and knew what he was looking at, and what he was getting into, and while I was uncertain, I very much wanted for Luna to have a chance to be completed and see the salt water again, so after some back and forth (quite a bit, over quite a long period of time), we struck a deal, and proceeded to move her from my partially-completed shed to his yard.

This will give a measure of how much quicker Duffy is at getting things done than I am: he arrived one day at 2PM, and had the boat on her trailer at 5PM, with essentially no assistance from me at all. He put up the chain falls and hooked on the slings, hoisted her enough to remove the support structure I’d built underneath, hoisted her further to get the trailer slipped under, and had her sitting pretty on the trailer in time to dart home and give his daughter the truck for something she had that evening. Remarkable – I would have taken twice as long, and sweated bullets while I was at it.

A week later he returned to tow Luna to her new home. I had removed the gantries and placed the lumber that comprised them on the trailer, since he’d need them to get her off the trailer at his place, and he arrived near nightfall to put the mast aboard (we put it on top of the cabin) and tow her home. The trip was uneventful (thankfully). We saw her safely into Duffy’s yard, then headed home ourselves.

Over the next two weeks, Duffy removed the roof of an extension on the back of his barn, extended the walls, and backed Luna into what was to become her new home, a tall shed off the back of his barn.

He got her backed in – which actually meant dragged in, since the truck didn’t have enough traction to push her uphill into the space.

Lifted her off of her trailer using the gantries and chain falls:

And built a cradle on the spot to hold her for the rest of her restoration.

The last I heard the roof is back on the shed and the restoration can begin, although there is a little housework that is apparently required before the real fun of boat work can take over.

Duffy has said that he’s interested in continuing this blog, so please stay tuned for more posts and pictures to come, as he’ll be taking it over and sharing his progress with all of us.

Thanks Duffy!


Luna is for sale

Sigh. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and it’s because the progress has been so slow as to be imperceptible. The boat shed has made some progress, but there is still nothing covering it, and the boat, as a result, has made absolutely no progress. It turns out that I work too much, and when I’m not working I like to play a little, and working on the shed and boat haven’t felt like play in a while.

So I bought my Dad’s old Ericson 27, which had been sitting in my driveway for sale for over a year, and splashed her and am back out on the water, which definitely is play. And realistically the Yankee project is either never going to be finished or it’s going to take so long as to be pointless to me, so I’m giving up.

I’m selling her, either whole to a willing and ambitious project person, or in pieces to the scrapyard for the lead and to individuals who need particular bits of Yankee 30 for their own boats, and I’ll keep the rest as parts for the Ericson or whatever comes next – you can never have too many bits of boat lying around to play with.

I’m sad about it, as I really was looking forward to that boat once the project was complete – but given it’s been 3 years since I did any work on it, and I haven’t even completed the shed, it’s just not a reality for me. So it goes.

If anyone is interested, please contact me through this site – it arrives to me as email, and if you send your contact information I’ll call you or email back.

Thanks for the support over the years, and sorry to be abandoning the project. Happy to be back on the water, though!

This is Dolphin, the Ericson 27.