I have forgotten all the sailing lingo. All of it is important and so I found my old sailboat for beginners book and started reading up on it again. I would cruz by the harbormaster office and check the for sale board every once and a while. Craigslist search of Monterey Harbor was also another thing I checked often. That's when I found the 1972 Coronado 27'
The owner was about my age. He had been living on it for the last year. He told me that the boat was in pretty poor condition before he owned it. That it had sailed all the way to Baja with a past owner. We took it out and it seemed perfect. It came with a slip in Monterey Harbor, and that was huge because they have a 8 plus year waiting list to get a slip unless you transfer a sale with one.
Inside it has lots of room and storage. It came with a TV, and Stereo. What I lacked in skills was taking the time to go over everything that might not be working. I was just too excited about the boat. He did agree to drip the price $2000 and the sale was final. I would soon find a long list of parts that needed to be replaced, or fixed. No worries though as I found two more people to go in on the sale with me and we could all split the cost and share the labor. And it's worked out great so far. We have already almost fixed everything as well as added many more items that it lacked.
Sailing is slow and relaxing. When the wind is blowing good, and the boat is healed over it's really a cool feeling. No motor just the sound of the swell hitting the bow. Otters, Seals, Jellyfish, and Whales all around the Monterey Bay. I plan on taking some longer trips some day too. Channel Islands seems like a really good destination. Santa Cruz is not that far either.