We (Kimberly and Jeff) both sailed when we were younger – Kimberly during summer vacations on a Snark on Mission Bay in San Diego, and Jeff on Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY.
In the spring of 2012, I (Kimberly) suddenly found myself wanting to sail again, and Jeff was all in with the idea. As luck would have it, adult community sailing lessons were starting that weekend at Mystic Seaport. The classes were held using Dyer Dhows, and despite my capsizing twice in the freezing cold Mystic River (and Jeff once), we were hooked. An ASA 101 course followed with Narragansett Sailing in Barrington, RI which included sixteen hours of practice time.
By then we were really addicted, so we bought a 1975 Bristol Corsair 24 in March, 2013. Dreams of selling everything and going cruising followed, so after hundreds of hours of research we bought a 1977 Bristol 29.9 at the end of July, 2015.
After a lot of thought and conversations, we were sure that we wanted to go cruising full-time so we sold our house in February, 2017 and moved into an apartment. Crunching the numbers, it was clear that doing this will allow us to to save up enough money to leave in May, 2020 and not have to go back to work again in the future if we don’t want to.
Our Bristol 29.9 may be considered small for full-time cruising by modern standards, but she’s big enough for us. In choosing our cruising boat we went by the philosophy of “get the smallest boat you can live on” instead of “get the biggest boat you can afford.” We like to maximize our fun vs. boat work ratio whenever possible, and our Pegu Club will help us do that.
In keeping with that philosophy, our plans to get her ready include keeping her systems as simple as we possibly can: 12V only for electrics, foot pumps instead of pressure water, no hot water, composting head, Origo stove, a manual windlass, no refrigerator, a hank-on jib. The simpler things are, the less time and money will need to be spent on upkeep.
As we remove things like the water heater, the shore power, the pressure water system, the furler, we joke that we are doing a good job of decreasing her value. However, she’s going to be just right for us. We truly don’t need much to keep us happy, and our Pegu Club will certainly reflect that.