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Richard Owens
Sep 24, 2022
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The year before Maria took out Marsh Harbor, Spirit, then named Meredith after my family name, was left attended by the yard in Marsh Harbor. If she had staid there for Maria, she would be in pieces somewere on the island. Instead, I took her to Brunswick in Georgia where she still had a glancing blow. Two years ago, I took her to the Hinckley Yard in Stuart, Florida and then along came Covid and she is still there. It anyone reading this plans to pull out at Hinckley, you might get in touch with me first. In the meantime, however, as the storms keep forming, I am awfully pleased to be out of the water, tied down on land, mast out, and supposedly within a time honored hurricane hole, the Manatee Pocket. I will see if Hinckley keeps her safe. That said, for any of you now reading this, please consider hauling out early and each year. I do have one acquaintance on a Westsail who has tied up at docks during hurricanes. He is a pretty grizzled veteran. Yes, Jack, I said that. He also has a way with ropes and with knots. Still, my firm advice is to get out early and stay out until at least December. You will rest much more easily, In the meantime, my fingers are crossed. Toes, also. All of you, be safe! Cheers
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Richard Owens
Sep 01, 2022
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Spirit is the real deal. She will take you anywhere in the world where you have 7 feet of water under you and nothing blocking your mast 70 feet above you. On board, she offers the comfort of a small waterfront condo, but she is not rooted to the ground. Her galley offers every modern convenience except a dishwasher ( you) and a garbage disposal. Her main salon includes two comfortable settee's and a custom made table with storage for crystal beneath it. At each corner is an NFT loudspeaker with a Polk sub-woofer below. There are two large overhead hatches and there are windows all around. She is serviced by a Wabasto diesel heater ( as is the whole boat) and partially cooled by permanent AC. There is an extra portable service unit. Aft she has a king sized double mattress with cedar lined hanging storage and drawers. Her aft head is electric and her shower is fed by 3 aluminiium water tanks connected together with stainless steel tubing. There is alot more but back to the headline. There is magic in the open ocean. Sunrises and sunsets, the night sky away from land lights, even the occasionaly meteor shower. There is bio-luminescence which will leave a trail of stars in your wake. You might even run into a school of glowing squids who will then rain down your bow wave onto your deck making you feel that you have boarded your own space ship. Then, too, there is the fun of making port and making new friends along the dock who each of come from somewhere else looking for adventure and loving the sea. If any of this appeals to you and you have the experience and skill to manage a seemingly large vessel, then Spirit will favorably compare with anything on the market at this time. "Seeming large" is certainly true in the harbor, but once you are a mile or two off shore, she is the right size for long range cruising which include living on board.
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Richard Owens
Aug 21, 2022
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We are considering taking in a partner and in particular one that would actively cruise Spirit. Anyone up for using her as a mobile base for exploring further North, South, or East for a few more years with this owner is encouraged to be in touch. You would be asked to purchase equity and contribute to her monthly expenses. Either a Junior or a Senior partnership would be considered. In the meantime, offers are being received so this option may not last. If a blue water dream motivates you, this is one way to make it happen on a vessel that can take you practically anywhere there is 6.5 feet of water under the hull and 80 feet of air over the top.
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Richard Owens
Aug 06, 2022
In General
Comparing Spirit of Australia with a new build Oyster 495 which at 52"8" is the same size as Spirit, the 8/22 BOAT magazine article introducing the Oyster states, for example, "The boat has a keel-stepped mast. Trimming on or easing out is no more than a button press. This gives the Oyster a bigger boat feel. If the extra $194,000 for this set-up is no obstacle, it must be put on the wish list for cruising." Spirit has the same engineering and her Reckman hydraulics are double the size of the Oysters. For the current asking price, you would also get the sailboat. If you wanted the complete Oyster without the rig described brace yourself to pay "approximately $1.51 million without optional bow (and stern) thrusters." In closing, " ... it is obvious the Oyster is going to be a comfortable passagemaker that should be able to touch on 175 nautical-mile days in tradewinds and gobble up ocean passages." Having sailed Spirit from Victoria, B.C. to Stuart, Florida, with many, many shorter passages in between, we know this to be true for Spirit. If you are considering blue water cruising or just hanging on the dock in an oceans capable luxury sailing yacht until you do then keep more than $1.3 million in your bank account and visit Spirit first. Step inside and see if she does not match the Oyster in overall feel and comfort. The layouts are nearly identical.
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Richard Owens
Jul 25, 2022
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Site has been receiving numerous new members. Some, however, wish to offer services such as financing and brokerage. Please understand that these services offerings are unnecessary. All interersted in either Spirit for purchase or general infomation concerning blue water sailing are more than just welcome. Just place your questions within the forum, and I will do my best to answer them. Regarding Spirit, the high offer to date has been $159,000. I have declined this offer as I seek a fair price for this cherished yacht. I review Yachtworld regularly to see what else is for sale. At an asking price of $174,900 Spirit remains $50,000 less than any currently comparable vessel. She also comes with an honest owner interested in the success of the new owner in using her, and there is a qualified broker in the wings to help manage the final transaction. Welcome to this site! Cheers
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