I have been wanting to go cruising my whole life. My dad spoke of building a ferrocement boat and sailing the south pacific. His words, when I was 15, gave me a life long desire to make this journey. At times, the possibility seemed dim with seasick partners, the struggles of a small business, the world seemed to conspire to make this already difficult goal impossible to obtain.
Years after the death of my first wife Sandy, I met Lisa who is open to the adventure and promise of this journey. We slowly set about putting the plan in action. We sold my wonderful Cape Dory “Shearwater” and began the search for an appropriate cruising vessel. We spent 2 years visiting monohulls up and down the coast in California with our agent, and friend, Allison Lehman. During one stop, we check out a multihull “Mantra”, a huge boat in less than pristine condition. We offer, but the deal falls through because the seller’s broker wanted both halves of the deal and pulls a buyer out of his back pocket. We look at a beautiful Catana 472, but I am too tall to stand in front of the stove…I love to cook.
After that visit we spend two hours talking to the broker in the cockpit, (we call it the porch.) We talk about cruising and multihull design. As Lisa and I walk away we realize how comfortable the porch was. The elevated view of the surrounding marina, the protection afforded by the bimini overhead. We realize a Catana is the way to go.
We visit Santosha in Ventura and offer. Santosha is a 471 with the same great deck layout as a 472 but I can stand in front of the stove! We offer, but the Seller seems to be conflicted. He obstructs every step. In the end, after a 3000 dollar survey, we abandon the deal. In our view, the seller is completely unreasonable or perhaps just not ready to part ways with his boat.
After a “cooling off” period, we offer on a 471 in Seattle. We get the deal in November 2013. The boat sits in the brokers slip while I sell my optometry practice. Two weeks after the sale, I’m off to start working on the boat. We finally found her, and later christened her Footloose!