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Been wondering about a bigger boat for a cruise.  You know, something with standing head room and not too deep a draft.  A couple of Tartan designs are looking attractive. Both are 37 footers.  The Hood designed 37 footer is old school, long keel, tiller steering, no quarter berth and narrow.  The newer model is an S&S design with lots of modern features starting with roomy!  An S&S designed Tartan 37 is in nearby Harwichport and we've had a look.  Some pics follow.

Elizabeth and I are pondering the idea of cruising boat.

We like the T-37, Mark 2 but think about another name.  How about Hazel?

Our boat, Averisera, started out as Best Revenge.  It didn't suit us so we changed it. 

Random thoughts:
It is Sunday, April 28, 2019. Raining, cold, and another cuppa is in the offing.  Friday, met with an old pal, Burton, about some sailing, ocean delivery stuff.  He is sailing No Regrets back from the BVI.  I sailed her down in the Fall of 2018.  We shared knowledge.  Saturday and Sunday, Elizabeth and I gardened hard.  Houses sure a lot of work.  We should buy a boat, there'd be elss to do.... haha.  All sailing books, blogs, vlogs say otherwise and I know it to be true.

Glad we have a small boat, Averisera, since it is not too much work. Presently, I have stripped the varnish off the teak on deck.  Ready for some dry days to sand, bleach and varnish prior to launching.  This cold and rain is certainly holding me back.  A bigger boat will be a lot more work so we consider that, too.

So... after gardening, we did sneak off for a look at a very beautiful Tartan 37 that is in a local harbor. The boat was built in 1979 and looks "nearly new." For the first visit, Mr MacAndCheese was with Norm as the owner, Mitch, showed us around.  He is the third owner and the boat looks very well cared for.  I particularly liked the story that Owner 2's wife came aboard a year after Mitch bought the boat and said she  (Owner 2's wife) regretted ever having sold the T-37 for a bigger, newer model Tartan.  Good sign.  There isn't a lot of seller's regret in boats! 

Back to the "boat in question."

Some pics of the boat inside with Mr MacAndCheese (a few weeks ago) and outside, with E on Saturday afternoon, April 27.  After the look we went to Brax Landing for a cocktail and apps.  We could see the boat's mast from the bar seating.  We talked names. Norm declared the new boat to be named Hazel after his Grandmother Martin. She was a pretty clever old girl and kinda cute, too.  Elizabeth immediately flashed on the cartoon character, Hazel, by Ted Key and thought we'd all need to wear a housekeeper's cap.  Hmm...  they both work . 

All shiny and bright on deck. I like the halyard winches on the mast. Nice clean deck and cabin top.  Wide walk ways and good hand rails.

Mr MacAndCheese all settled in.

The couch is very important so we checked it out.  Comfy and roomy with the table stowed.  With the table down it makes a perfect place to lounge in comfort, read, draw, play a board game, etc.  The extended table easily seats six and the galley is big enough to feed six. 

It was a mighty cold day that day!  

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May 9 2014 on our way to Harwich and our new life on Cape Cod.
It is cold a lot of the year around here.  Look at that sky.

April 14, 2007 and 2019

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On April 14, 2007, Elizabeth and Norm went to Housatonic YC in Stratford, CT and met Averisera in the water for the first time. Moved aboard and sailed away the next day. It was a wild ride and the storm came to be known regionally as the Tax Day Storm.

Today, Averisera sits quietly on her hard-stands in the Queen Anne Yard awaiting the water.... and some varnish, polish, paint, love.  Be still my beating heart!

Road Trip!

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Last couple of weeks we've been to Marblehead, Pelham, Annapolis, Apex and back to Marblehead. All good!  Nice to visit with E's brother Rick, his wife, Darien, mom, Marilyn. 

Marblehead, drop off sextant for repair.
Pelham, visit with family.
Annapolis, visit Chesapeake Light Craft and lose Norm's credit card.
Apex, visit with Norm's sister and her family and friends.
Marblehead, pick up repaired sextant.

CLC Boats in Annapolis. Super tour of the place and we may have picked out our next project, a Jimmie Skiff II

Patience got an enormous SUV with more screens than we own. 

A beautiful view. The barn was designed by our dad.

Trent and Eileen's house next door to sister Patience's home.

Patience and Elizabeth rowed into the pond to investigate some strange doings. It was amusing. Trent and Norm had a cigar on Trent's porch and watched.

My sextant, originally bought by Grandfather Captain White, used by dad Pete Martin and then by me. Now lovingly restored by Ridge White of Robert E White Nautical INstruments in Marblehead.

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