The road to owning Sea Major has been a long one. After looking at about 30 different sailboats over the course of two years, Mitchell and I made an appointment to see Sea Major a week after the school year ended for me. On June 6th, we packed up the car and printed out another 48 sailboat listings (which we could afford) that were located on the east coast of the US. We were prepared for the worst … a month of driving up and down the coast, searching for the perfect sailboat. After Marcus James (our SUV) was packed with our clothes and camping supplies, we set out towards Rhode Island. Since we weren’t able to see Sea Major until June 11th, we set up a few appointments in Massachusetts prior to that. We drove the 12 hours in one day in the pouring down rain. After staying in a few different hotels, exploring Salem, camping in Cape Cod and viewing three more sailboats (all in the rain), we were eager to see Sea Major. [Mitchell and I had seen her “sister ship” in FL after Christmas so we had an idea of what to expect.]
seafood dinner over the campfire in Cape Cod
On June 11th, we stepped foot on Sea Major for the first time. It was ‘like at first sight.’ She had the layout that we liked on the one in FL, but would need some work to get her looking as nice. After spending about an hour on her, we decided to put in an offer. Immediately afterwards, we made our way to Wildwood, NJ to see Mitchell’s sister who had just had a baby girl (Lucy) that morning. After spending almost a week with them, we headed back to Rhode Island for the survey (similar to a home inspection). While killing a few days, we drove around Rhode Island in the rain and camped out at a site near Sea Major.
camping near the sailboat in the rain
The survey took place on June 20th and went very well. With only a week left before we needed to be out of our apartment in Columbus, we headed back to Ohio. While there, we spent our time packing up everything and hanging out with my family. After spending the week at my sister’s house and saying our goodbyes, we were finally ready to head out. We piled all of our belongings (that hadn’t been sold at the 4 yard sales or at my school) into Mitchell’s dad’s pickup truck and his Grandpa Geno’s trailer and made our way to my dad’s lake house in Vermilion, OH. Once there, we unloaded all of the stuff that we wanted to hold onto.
The next morning, we stopped in PA to drop off some of Mitchell’s things at his mom’s house. A few days later, on June 30th, we were on the road again to Rhode Island. We camped out in the rain again once we arrived. Mosquito bitten and soaking wet, Mitchell and I decided to drive back to NJ to stay with his sister and trade cars with his dad. We got to see the fireworks on the 4th with Mitchell’s sister, brother-in-law, new niece, mom and grandmother. After wearing out our welcome a second time, we headed to Gettysburg, PA with Mitchell’s mom and Grandma Phillis for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. At this point, we were on the phone almost daily with the broker trying to set up the sea trial. Once a date was set, we made our way back to Rhode Island for the sea trial on July 9th.
Yup, you guess it… we camped out again in the rain and bug-infested campground that was near the sailboat. Finally on July 12th, we closed on the boat. Immediately after signing the papers (and grabbing our safety equipment), we moved Sea Major to a different marina (Brewer Sakonnet Marina) that was about 10 miles away.
Once my legs stopped shaking from docking the boat for the first time, we chatted with a few of the guys at the marina. They had thought it was funny that 2 girls were docking the boat. Once they realized that Mitchell was a man, they got a big kick out of the fact that I was the one who steered her into the slip!
Since then, we have been at this marina for almost 4 weeks. Our days have been consumed with cleaning the boat, working on the boat, moving our belongings onto the boat, and running to the store to buy parts for the boat. We are hoping that the lack of fun will pay off in a few days when we set sail for Maine…
To read more about our travel plans, click on the “The Journey” tab at the top of the page.