Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Where to begin...

29 January 2013  

We started looking for "the boat" about four years ago.  The plan is to live aboard and cruise America's Great Loop www.greatloop.org/ starting in June 2013.  I had grand illusions of something in the 40 – 50 foot range with twin diesels, state-of-the-electronics suite, Zeus pods and the list went on. But soon enough I came to the realization my last name was Kelly not Rockefeller.
So first we had to sell our house in Virginia. Tried the summer of 2011… no buyers. Tried again the summer of 2012 - Hurrah! a buyer – the deal was done! We moved into an apartment in Olde Town Portsmouth, VA.
September 2012 we purchased a 36 foot Marine Trader DC in need of a little TLC (Time, Labor and Cash) but she has everything we needed and more.

Sea Chantey’s Specifications

Built 1979, Taiwan by Marine Trader International
Length on deck 36’ (11.1 m)
Beam 13’ 6” (4.14m)
Draft: 3’ 6” (106.6 cm)
Fuel capacity: 300 US gals.
Fresh water capacity: 140 US gals.
Holding tank: 45 US gals.
Displacement: 26,000 lbs
Propulsion: Single Diesel, Ford Lehman120hp, Westmar 5hp electric bow thruster
Electrical: Farymann 4.5 KW generator, Magnum 2000 Watt inverter, six house batteries, two starter batteries, two alternators
·         16,000 btu reverse-cycle A/C unit
·         Three-burner propane stove w/oven
·         Double stainless-steel sink
·        Portable ice maker
·         63 QT freezer / separate refrigerator 12vdc or 110vac
·         17HDTV w/ Shakespeare antenna, DVD player and tunes
·         Electric windlass, Auto-pilot, Furuno 24 mile RADAR
·         Two sleeping cabins (sleeps four comfortable)
·         One full head (bathroom) and one half
           The fully enclosed fly bridge and no teak decks are also a big plus...
Cruising Speed- 7.5 knots (8.6mph) / Maximum 9 knots (10.2 mph)
 Range: 900 miles give or take (approximately 2.6gph)