I have been living on my small boat in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island for 1 year and 9 months. The internet connection that I am writing this from is powered by an inverter running off the battery of my old Volvo wagon. Its pouring rain outside the cabin And its December 29th.
There are many factors that led up to this life decision, and continue to influence the way I live my life and experience the world. I want to talk about some of that here, along with the everyday challenges and rewards of living on and restoring a 39 year old yacht.
Before we get into all that though, a little bit about home. Zennure is a 1975 Endeavour 32. Here's how she's built.
Irwin Yachts "Classic 32" (1970)
Endeavour Yachts: Modified in-house by Dennis Robbins(1975 keel/centerboard)
LOA: 32'4" (Length Overall)
LWL: 25'6" (Length at Waterline)
BEAM: 10'0" (Width)
Centerboard: 3'6" Up / 7'10" Down
BALLAST: 5,000lbs (internal lead)
MAST: 43ft DWL
SAIL AREA: 470 sq ft total
135% Rolling Furler Genoa: 257 sq ft
MAIN: 207 sq ft
I = 39'6" (distance between top of forestay and the foredeck)
J = 13'0" (distance from forestay chainplate to mast)
P = 34'6" (distance from boom to top of mast)
E = 12'0" (length of boom)
Since moving aboard, I've learned a ton about simple living, maximizing space for 1 (sometimes 2) in a small space, sailing, navigation, carpentry, fiberglass, big old marine diesels, what makes you happy, nature, peace, and how much of a particular brand of rum; is too much.
It helps to have a community of people making it happen alongside you, and along with you, especially during the dark winter months where we dream - and prepare, for the sailing months to follow. I call it the "Hot Stove Sailing" season. Where are we going first? How long? What needs to be fixed before we go? Holy shit, really? That's a pretty big job. We better do that this week.
That's all for now, stay warm.