One of the perks of working at a boatyard: when the paint crew needs to be trained in a new product, they need a subject to practice on!
All sanded and getting ready for a new paint job!
Naming a boat is tough. Last time, we got it wrong... early on we chose a name we liked and kept it for a year of renovation work, but it never really stuck. I think it's because we chose a name before we got to know the boat. This time, we're going to wait until the boat speaks to us a little bit more.
This boat does already have a personlity, though. She is classy, dignified and elegant but a little bit sassy too (I think it's the rig!) And she's definitely a she.
Bird names feel right, as do mythological names. And she's a Sea Sprite, so we've been looking at naiad/oceanid/mermaid type names as well. We have a short list on board, and we'll see what she says to us over the next several months as we spend more time with her. We'd like to get it right the first time, this time!
We really weren't looking for a project. We really weren't shopping for a new boat. I promise.
But Neil just couldn't resist stopping by the Certified Sales salvage yard on a recent trip to Massachusetts. Olivia and I were camping in California for her Spring Break at the time, and he called to tell me he'd found a pretty amazing boat. I feel like I should have been more surprised than I was, but I know Neil. And his instincts are always spot on.
We drove down to see the boat as soon as I got back to New England, with cash in hand. She's a Luders designed Sea Sprite 30, built in 1884 by C.E. Ryder in Rhode Island. She has a hole in her hull and technically "sank" but that makes it sound a lot worse than it really is. The interior is muddy and salty, the (new) engine was underwater, and the electronics and electrical are toast... but we're hopeful this is a manageable project.
And, man, she's a pretty boat! She has that classic New England yachty look that we love, combined with an elegant-looking fractional rig with a tapered mast and swept-back spreaders.