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Old 11-09-2020, 08:34 PM   #1
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I bought a boat in Fiji sight unseen!

A few weeks ago now I closed on a new, used boat in Fiji. She is a 52' trawler, built in 1992 in Washington State. I am super excited, but it was a super stressful process. Fiji is completely shut down due to covid, and there was no way to go see it in person. I am crossing my fingers that pictures and Zoom tours gave me a good sense of the boat. The broker helped me hire an American delivery Capitan and Engineer for the delivery to Hawaii, then on to LA. They had to be American, because only Americans can get into Hawaii. I will bring the boat up the coast to Anacortes WA next spring, but LA seems like a safer trip in November. Getting insurance for the delivery was a huge challenge too, but I was able to get it in the end. To add to the stress, Cyclone season in Fiji was officially starting 2 weeks after my closing, adding to the pressure to get it the hell out of there.
The passage from Fiji to Hawaii is not an easy one. It is about 2850 miles, and mildly upwind, and current for almost the entire way. The boat is now about 200 miles from Hawaii, after 18 days. If it wasn't for Covid they definitely would have stopped in American Samoa for fuel, food, and a rest, but since it is closed for covid we just had to go for it all the way. I am flying out to Hawaii on Wednesday to check out the boat, help with some needed repairs and maintenance, and if the weather cooperates and gives us a window soon enough, will join them for the trip from Hawaii to LA. I am super excited.

As far as I can figure out the boat was built as a custom one off in 1992. I think they used the mold from the old Skookum motor sailors built in the 70's. It was built as a trawler with paravane stabilizers. The second owner put hydraulic stabilizers on it, turned the Paravanes into flopper stoppers for use while at anchor, and poles for sheeting out the headsail for downwind tradewind runs. He also added a sailing rig. It only really sails on a broad reach or farther off the wind. No beating to weather, so they have not been of much use on the way to Hawaii. The family I bought it from was from Vancouver Canada, and were in the middle of their second South Pacific cruise in her when Covid messed up their plans, and they decided to fly home and put the boat on the market. The previous owners did some really nice upgrades on the boat over the last 5 years which is cool. They put in stabilizers, hydraulic stern thruster, rebuilt engines, new generator/watermaker, steelhead crane, 13' bullfrog dingy, 1000W solar, Lithium batteries, new plotter, radar, AIS, sailing rig, second 10' inflatable tender, Built in gas station for filling tenders with Gasoline, new canvas, high output alternator driven off hydraulic system, 2x 12V air conditioners that can run off lithium batteries, etc.

The old Snapdragon can be found on Yacht World if you are looking for a sweet 41' aluminum trawler at a reasonable price.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:45 PM   #2
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Congrats.

Some of us noticed that vessel a few weeks ago and discussed her here. I sure liked her (the vessel I mean )

Congratulations.

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Old 11-09-2020, 08:46 PM   #3
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Hmmm

On the plus side the boat made it to Fiji from somewhere

So it must be seaworthy
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:50 PM   #4
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Your confidence and knowledge in pulling together the purchase, getting the boat sea ready, hiring a crew and other necessary steps is most impressive.

Congratulations
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:52 PM   #5
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This is fascinating - CONGRATULATIONS!

Please, tell us more about the insurance and delivery piece.

Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:08 PM   #6
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Man, congratulations! Nice when a dream is realized. Best of luck
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:09 PM   #7
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I tried about half a dozen different insurance brokers. I finally ended up getting it through Velos in the UK. It cost about $4K for 3 months of insurance, and will terminate as soon as we get to LA, as the underwriter in not set up to insure boats in the United States. The stop in Hawaii is ok.

The delivery was finding a Capitan, talking to him on the phone and crossing my fingers. The Capitan has a ton of experience delivering high performance sail boats, but almost none on a trawler. It has been a learning curve for him, but nothing crazy. He lives in Fiji and had started a Tourism related business, which is suffering tremendously from Covid, but for this project it worked out well for both of us. He had the time to do the delivery since his business is on hold, and the income is very welcome. I am paying $400/day for the Capitan, and $200/day for the engineer, plus expenses. I have to pay for the Capitan to fly home, and pay for a hotel in Fiji for 2 weeks to Quarantine at the end of the trip, but will not have to pay him a daily rate for the time in quarantine. When it is all said and done I think the delivery will cost me $35-45K to get it to LA, that is labor and fuel/oil changes. This hurts as I am generally a DIY cheapskate type, but I think I am feeling a little more "You only live once," since the Covid nightmare.
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Congrats! Glad you found coverage for your trip!
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Thanks very much for the data. All the best wishes for a safe trip!
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Now there's a headline you don't see every day, even on this forum! Sounds like you're having fun!
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Originally Posted by Alaskaflyer View Post
Congrats.

Some of us noticed that vessel a few weeks ago and discussed her here. I sure liked her (the vessel I mean )

Congratulations.

https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/...tml#post927565
I saw that at the time, and wanted to comment, but I was in the middle of a negotiation for the boat and was afraid to talk it up and attract more interested parties. I was one of 42 people who was interested in the boat and circling around, including a few very serious ones. It was very stressful.
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Old 11-09-2020, 10:00 PM   #12
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Here is a Video tour of the boat from the broker if you are interested.

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Old 11-09-2020, 10:10 PM   #13
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Welcome to the funny farm.
Looks like a fantastic boat.
Too bad you could not make the trip with them.
I would have bought the boat but, she was not part of the purchase price. LOL
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Congrats on your new boat. Hope the trip home goes great!
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Congratulations.
I saw the boat on the hard at Vuda Pt marina exactly a year ago today.
It was dug in for the cyclone season as they do there.
It was certainly the most interesting trawler at the marina.
Good luck and enjoy.
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Snapdragon, not asking you to share what you actually paid, but couldn't find the asking price anywhere? Care to share? Looks like a nice boat!
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How deep is your credit card...lol? The boat should provide lots of wonderful memories.
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A bit of info on the boat via one of the other interested parties (not me!).

I had to delete p29 & 30 (photos only) of the brochure to reduce file size below TF limit
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Bold move but congrats
Have fun. (-;
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Hi Loren! I can’t wait to see the new Snap Dragon!! I didn’t realize that a PO had added the sail rig; do you plan to keep it or have it removed?

I told Grandson Jacob that his friend was getting a new boat, he was happy for her��
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