Yesterday our mast was rigged and our boat went on a demo sail with potential buyers onboard. Steve and I were not able to be there and our broker kindly sent a picture of the hoisted mainsail.
I was so pleasantly surprised!
The letters and numbers identify key information of the boat. SW1260 is for Seawind 1260 (12.60 meters-41 ft) and the last two numbers-13!-means we have the 13th hull in the line.
It’s no small thing that 13 was my lucky jersey number in high school. A series of events that I could not have anticipated began with playing soccer wearing lucky 13.
When soccer first came to my small MO town, girls were not allowed to play but there were coaches that encouraged little sisters to practice with their brothers’ teams. As a result, when the girls’ county league finally formed 3 years later, I was used to playing with faster, aggressive players. My family moved my senior year of high school and I was a “walk on” to the high school team, became team captain and was noticed by a university coach who was in the stands to see a player on the other team. She apparently was an unstoppable scoring right wing forward. I usually played left wing forward but due to injuries on my team had been pulled back to left wing fullback. She never got off a shot and I was recruited instead. I ended up going to that university, lettered as a freshman and with that included in my resume finally got into the Naval Academy.
…which led to sailing…which led to Steve…which led to this boat…
It seemed forever for the boat to be finished at the factory. That happened Christmas 2018. Then the big boat ride began. Originally, the delivery date to Florida was Feb 6, 2019. We were given a link that allowed us to see the ship’s current location but it seemed to only update when in port or near shore (we didn’t pay for the premium that would give real time positions). After Korea, we didn’t get an update until the ship approached the Panama Canal. At that point, the estimated arrival was Feb 8th.
Steve and I tried to plan our off times in order to be there for the offload but it was like trying to hit a constantly moving target. First he would be there, then me and now it’s back to him.
So now it’s two days away. I’ll let you know how it goes (with pictures) in the next update.
Our new boat is shrink wrapped and chugging around the ports of China as the container ship holding her makes its leisurely (to us) way across an ocean eventually to land in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We have about 5 weeks until she arrives just in time for the Miami Boat Show. She will be displayed as part of our agreement when we purchased; the Seawind 1260 has been named Boat of the Year for her size by Cruising World so will likely be popular.
I’m afraid of all those people going on my boat.
I want to be the first to go below and check out all the spaces. I don’t want anything to get broken by looky-loo’s who have no intent on getting a cat or sailing or living aboard, who just touch buttons because they are there or think it’s ok for their kid to jump on the trampolines. I want the boat show to be over so I can wipe away all their prints and mark her as mine.