Retro Cape Island 21 Novi Trawler
Just bought and trailered subject 500 miles back to Chesapeake area from Rhode Island. Well equipped with auto pilot, radar... Went for a 3 hour shakedown on Lake Anna, VA and the check engine light on the Suzuki 70 HP only lit for the last 1/2 hour. hihi.
Well, we have to have a little bit of excitement even on a placid inland lake, yes? I was in the Coast Guard and spent 3 years aboard 378s and 1 full year walking on the overheads in the Bering chasing after Deadliest Catch folk who valued $ more than their lives.
Useter own a splendid 24-foot, all wood (1940) open sail boat and a few others, power and sail, some fondly remembered, some... not. I contacted the Cape Island builder after used boat purchase and was relieved, yes, they said it, "All the stringers are fiberglass, no wood." Phew. Well, I did spend about a 1/2 hour doing tippy/tappy on the hull with a rubber mallet and she sounded good.
A modest, slow, beamy/comfortable seakeeper is the only kind of boat I want to own and I like the buzz on this forum. I already had enough excitement 40+ years ago, and of course, "What could possibly go wrong?" Hope to learn much from the others on this site and follow your wakes to avoid mistakes.