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“NOMADICA” Finally Splashes

This summer I had the opportunity to conduct two separate surveys (tonnage and C&V) on a completely refit Baron Shipyard 60' steel-hull cutter named “NOMADICA”. I had seen this boat before, years ago when it was still named “KATA BRAVA”.  I don't remember much about it, other than she looked pretty rough.  I couldn’t believe this was the same boat when I stepped onboard years later. The new owners, Cheryl and Morgan Morice, spent over 4 years bringing this boat back to life. There are no words I could write that would do the refit justice. And while I’d love to get into the nitty gritty details here, it’s much more informative and enjoyable to read about the process from the Morice’s themselves on nomadicadventures.net. Cheryl and Morgan are both accomplished blue water sailors. They have sailed everywhere from the Mediterranean to New Zealand to Antarctica, so it’s no surprise that their current plan for “NOMADICA” is an ambitious one.  After a “breaking...

June & July 2017 – Welcome to the Jungle

The weather in June was a tease.  Just when I thought we might get a mild summer for once, July proved to be the most oppressively hot month in recent memory.  Between the 100-degree heat index and daily thunderstorms, the lowcountry feels more like a jungle. The only thing hotter might be the boating industry.  Typically we see a summer slump once we get into the dog-days, but boats are still selling like crazy.  And this late-summer surge appears to be nationwide.  Surveyor friends from around the country are reporting non-stop action from the Pacific Northwest to Texas to New England. I guess it shouldn't be too surprising.  The economy is healthy and most boatbuilders appear to be fully healed after the 2008-2011 financial pounding.  There's more money to spend and more builders to buy from.  But what goes up must come down.  We're all just holding on tight and enjoying the ride while we can. Nothing too unusual on the survey front...

May 2017 – Sweet Summertime

Here we go.  It's officially summertime.  In the past May has always been one of our busiest months and this year was no different.  I'm still seeing a buying trend with the 35-45' sailboats.  I think a lot of folks have had it with the absurdly overpriced real estate in the Charleston area.  And it's nice if you can sail your home to the Caribbean for a week or two whenever you want.  I'm hoping to see this trend continue. On a personal note, I had a chance to spend a few days on Daufuskie Island with the family this month.  We took the boat down from Bohicket and through the ACE Basin on the ICW.  I forgot how nice it was to actually sit back and enjoy a boat ride.  No backdown maneuvers, no thermal imaging, just cruising.  The ACE Basin is still one of my favorite places on earth.   [gallery link="file" ids="865,866,880,881,882,868,867,879,878,877,876,874,873,872,871,869,875,870"]...
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