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Old 04-30-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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Well, we closed on our Defever 44 today! What a process! But all's well that ends that way and we can't wait to start cruising her. Unfortunately, we'll have to since she's in Florida and our first opportunity to move her north to the Chesapeake will be in late June.

I hope to get down to see her in a few weeks, but I'm already starting to wonder if I should hire somebody to check on her regularly. The marina manager sounds great and says they'll check on her a couple times a day. I'm sure that will be a walk-by to see if she's listing or leaking fuel, but I'd like to know if the bilge and tank tops are dry. What would y'all do?

Her new name is Stella Maris.

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Old 04-30-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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Very nice looking boat, also a popular name. If you do a vessel search on the CG DB, there are 44 other Stella Maris', although only a 58 Krogen I know of may be as good looking!
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Does the marina have WiFi? Hook up a couple of wireless cameras then you can be "near and dear" via your smartphone or tablet

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Old 04-30-2014, 08:17 PM   #5
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Beautiful boat! I think Don Moon has a captain keep an eye on his boat in his absence for a small fee, perhaps he'll drop in with more details for you.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:17 PM   #6
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Very nice looking boat, also a popular name. If you do a vessel search on the CG DB, there are 44 other Stella Maris', although only a 58 Krogen I know of may be as good looking!
Very nice of you to say so!

We named our sailboat Stella Maris 20 years ago after a little church on Sullivan's Island, SC -- a place that has a lot of fond memories for us. (It was either that or Moultrie, which didn't sound as good to our ears.) Later, we learned about all the imitators. We sold her two years and found we missed the name.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:25 PM   #7
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Beautiful boat! I think Don Moon has a captain keep an eye on his boat in his absence for a small fee, perhaps he'll drop in with more details for you.
Thanks. Both good ideas. I've never bought anything like this that I couldn't start taking hands-on care of right away. I guess I'm wondering how many people feel OK with their boat some distance away with casual attention by folks at the marina. Or, since it's only for two months, am I obsessing?
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:28 PM   #8
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Good going, Ian. I was hoping the deal would go through. That boat was searching for a good captain.

By the way, 40 years ago we named our boat Sundancer. Do you think I should suit SeaRay.

Craig, I have a great captain looking after Moonstruck. We are in adjoining slips, and he runs the most well known charter boat around---The Last Mango. He basically doesn't have much to do on Moonstruck. He will double the lines incase of storms, or move the the boat yard. He also checks battery voltages, and the bilge. He will call and let me know if anything seems unusual.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:28 PM   #9
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Thanks. Both good ideas. I've never bought anything like this that I couldn't start taking hands-on care of right away. I guess I'm wondering how many people feel OK with their boat some distance away with casual attention by folks at the marina. Or, since it's only for two months, am I obsessing?
Nope. It would drive me crazy.

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Old 04-30-2014, 09:09 PM   #10
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My biggest concern is that I have water entering the bilge undetected, which could overwhelm the pumps if there is a sustained power failure, or if the leak rate gets worse. When I leave my boat in another country, I shut all the through hulls. I also have bilge cycle counters, so if any water is coming in, I will know it, at least if I am on board. My other fear is power failure (which includes some dock guy unplugging my boat) and the freezers thawing with all the food lost into a stinky mess. Happened once. The suggestion above for an internet monitoring system is good, but at least in some foreign marinas internet comes and goes.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:11 PM   #11
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Congratulations! Defenders are great boats. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. The wifi remote camera sounds like a great way to keep visual tabs on your boat. We live 4 1/2 hours from our boat and over a mountain pass in the winter. Makes getting there quite a challenge sometimes. The camera look would be great if our marina had wifi. :-(
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Very nice looking boat! Good job finding just the right one to suit your cruising needs. For only two months, I'd hire the marina to keep an eye on her. Peace of mind is priceless.

I'd give them a key and ask them to check on the bilge once a day.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:40 PM   #13
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Angus....where will you be stationed on the Chesapeake? I am mid bay.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:54 PM   #14
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Great buy!

You should take her to down to Stella Maris on Long Island before you take her up to the Chesapeake.

Congrats and good luck
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:00 PM   #15
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Very nice. I was surprised to see a piano on board.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:13 PM   #16
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I have a great captain looking after Moonstruck. He will double the lines incase of storms, or move the the boat yard. He also checks battery voltages, and the bilge. He will call and let me know if anything seems unusual.
Thanks, Don and all. Think that's the route I'm going to take.

(As for suing Sea Ray, let me know how that goes. One of my wife's ancestors in the 1800s was kicked out of the Quaker and Baptist churches for making whiskey--and a few other things. One of her family myths is that he sold the recipe . . . to some upstart named Jack Daniels. If you succeed with Sea Ray, I may take a run at JD )

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Very nice. I was surprised to see a piano on board.
You have better eyes than I do. Or do you mean the guy on the sundeck who looks like he's at a keyboard?

Bill, I haven't finalized yet but she's going to be kept above Annapolis somewhere. And then wandering all around the bay.
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We will miss you when we head to Maine in a few weeks. We'll look for you on our return in late Oct/Nov. We will be the one out in the Nov gales. Come join us, your girl can handle it
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Congrats! Now the work begins to make her yours! You can't give her a new name until you do the proper naming ceremony!

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Old 05-01-2014, 03:32 PM   #19
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Congrats! Now the work begins to make her yours! You can't give her a new name until you do the proper naming ceremony!

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Geez, thanks for the reminder! Wonder if documenting her with her new name counts? If so, I'm screwed.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:59 PM   #20
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Congratulations! Very nice boat. Let me know if you make it over to the Eastern Shore (Crisfield) this summer. If my boat gets out of the paint shop before fall, she will be at Sommers Cove in Crisfield.

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