On Monday after we saved Jamaican Fairwell from sinking, a company called Lagoon keepers went and put a new battery on the boat and we called them to find out what was going on. Lagoon Keepers had past dealings with the owner of Jamaican Fairwell before so we asked them to have the owner call us out of courtesy. We wanted to find out if the owner was interested in selling Jamaican Fairwell. The owner called us back and sure enough he wanted to get the boat off of his hands. He said he was willing to let it go for $5,000, which is the same amount that we are paying for the boat we are in now.
We have made the decision to buy Jamaican Fairwell and sell our Ohlson 38’. This is a big change for us. Yesterday Barry and the owner shook hands and we will sign a promissory note on Monday. On Tuesday, two sets of missionaries are coming over to give some service and help us clean both boats out. We will tie them both up to the dock and start scrubbing away.
You may wonder why we are moving on to the boat that so recently was sinking. Well it was sinking because of the stuffing box. Every boat that has an inboard motor has a stuffing box and this one wiggled into the wrong position and slowly let in water. If there is someone on a boat once in a while to check for things they will catch problem that arise.
Now I will tell you a little about Jamaican Fairwell. It has a motor that when flushed will probably run just fine. It has a double sink. (Right now I only have a small single sink). It has a fridge (The motor might have to be replaced but it has a place for it.) It has a place for air conditioning. It has a plumbed toilet! It has a shower with a hot water heater (big plus). It has a safe propane stove that is up to code. It has a roller furling sail.
In many ways it gets us much closer to sailing and our goals. There are a few items that will need replaced or fixed, like the toe rail on the port (Left ) side. We will look into fixing the wind generator that is on it, and batteries will need to be replaced that are too old.
All said and done things are turning for the better. We have put our Ohlson up for sale and will use the money off of it to pay down our new boat.