Prep Week

Zimaz on her mooring at South Shore Marine

A very hectic last week of May was had shepherding Zimaz back into the water, stepping the mast, and locating her on a mooring. Oh, and trying to figure out her systems somewhere in there. The mast is far more complex than I’m used to, so I managed to cross some shrouds and fumble through some other errors. In between yard work I managed to do some provisioning for the family vacation coming up at the end of June. All in all, not too bad a week, but it was stressful due to the deadline imposed by my return flight. It appears the two main halyards are crossed which could cause the main to not come down, so this must be addressed when I return. Really looking forward to the Bras d’or Lakes with the family.

Custom 42

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Very exciting to announce that I’ve purchased Zimaz, a Custom 42 designed and built by a naval architect for cruising with his family. She’s strong, handsome, and ready to log some offshore miles. While she didn’t meet all my criteria, she meets them better than just about anything I’ve considered.

Problem: she’s in Nova Scotia.

Solution: take advantage of her location to do some cruising in Nova Scotia this Summer. Then figure out how to sail her over to Kemah, TX & truck her over to Los Angeles. Hurricane season looks thorny. Can you really sail out of Halifax in November? We’ll see.

She’s sitting on the hard after toughing out a brutal winter. I’ll be visiting next month to get her launched and a little prepared for some cruising over the Summer.

Boat Search

So, I’ve been looking for Slacker’s replacement for a while now, since well before I put Slacker on the market, actually. I’ve received some advice along the way, some of which I actually took, some not.

  • “Get the smallest boat you can stand.”
  • “They’ve learned a lot about yacht design since the Cal 40.”
  • “If you can’t stand up in an Express 37, then pass”
  • “What do you want THAT boat for? You are only going to go a knot faster.”
  • “You’ll know her when you see her.”

For my part, I put together a list of characteristics I wanted:

  • Strong hull for long distance, offshore cruising.
  • Bigger than Slacker, but something I can handle. Displacement 10-18,000 lbs (~34-40 ft)
  • Sailing joy. Tiller. Able to move in light air. D/L 100-150, SA/D 20+
  • Balanced rig and Directional stability so it’s easy on the autopilot; L/B >3.2
  • Ease of Shorthanding. Each sail <400 sq Ft; E>J Fractional rig for fewer headsail changes and reefs.
  • Comfortable for someone 6′-3″.  Headroom, long berths, good places to sit in & out. Limited pounding upwind.
  • Good tankage so I can stay out there with less worry and risk.
  • No loan or additional insurance. Price <$100,000
  • Aesthetics. Make my heart skip a beat when looking at her from dingy or shore.  A place I want to spend time.

Go ahead. Find a boat with these criteria. I couldn’t. 98% of boats fall into a few categories:

  1. Undercanvassed cruiser
  2. Uncomfortable racers
  3. IOR hulls
  4. Neglected boats
  5. Aging fiberglass
  6. Lack of headrooom

Here is a short list of boats that caught my attention & inquired about or visited:

  • Cal 40
  • Express 34, 37
  • Fairweather Mariner 39
  • Farr 38
  • Olson 40
  • Open 50
  • RM 1050
  • Santa Cruz 40
  • Santa Cruz 50
  • Thomas 35
  • T-Boats 42
  • X-Yachts 119
  • X-Yachts 362s