And so it begins

The next chapter of our journey began yesterday morning, when we finalized the purchase of our Ingrid 38. After years of discovering, dreaming, researching, googling and visualizing, we now have a tangible boat in front of us. One that actually belongs to us, and is now our responsibility. We are tired but very excited.

Several weeks ago, we found yet another Ingrid listed for sale on Craiglist. This was the 5th boat that Michael went to actually look at and we were immediately smitten. The seller was a marine woodworker and had spent 12 years rebuilding and crafting the beautiful interior. As his life circumstances changed, he offered the boat for sale with almost all the hard work complete, and just a list of finishing and final hooking up left to do. We sat on the stern after our showing, and Michael asked if the seller was still showing the boat. He said he would continue to show unless we ‘told him not to.’ Michael and I shared a long look, he smiled and said, ‘please don’t show it anymore.’

It took another week to schedule a survey and another week after that for the day of the survey to arrive. Our plans were to move the boat from Seattle to Tacoma, and the seller, Michael and I gathered early Friday morning for the long putt.

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We had the entire range of Washington weather in our trip. Mist at the beginning, dry but cloudy in the middle, an enormous squall with wind and horizontal rain, and the sun came out as we were nearly there.

We also crossed a giant wake and buried the bowsprit in the second wave face. For such a large boat, she rode steady and easily.

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After a five hour tour, and with NO potty facilities, we made it to Tacoma. The first phase of the survey commenced and was completed. No surprises were found. We all said goodbye for the evening. Reconvening Saturday morning, we arranged for our haul-out. The boat feels so big and spacious on the water, but seeing her out of the water was quite a sight!

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Again, no surprises. The surveyor congratulated us, and we finished the paperwork business with our seller. And it was done.

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We are pleased to introduce Elsa. She is an Ingrid 38, hull number 25. The hull was built in March of 1974 and she was first launched in Juneau Alaska. We are her third owners, and this blog will be our record of the journey we will take.