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Well, after living aboard in a marina for over a month now, we have decided to sell Cannibal. It has been a hard decision to reach because we have had such great times on this great boat. I can’t imagine a better cruising boat.

However, we will not be cruising again in the easily foreseeable future.  As much as we love the boat, it just doesn’t make sense to hang on to it for several years until we are ready to cruise again. With three kids to school and a job to do and cars and gasoline and all the other trappings of life back in the “real” world, we need to transition our energy and resources to other things. We are praying for a buyer to come along who will take her back out cruising. That is where she belongs and that is what she does best. We have had some great experiences while aboard and it is our wish that another family will be able to have great experiences with Cannibal too.

If you know anyone who is looking for a boat, send them our way. The details of the boat are on the s/v Cannibal page of this blog and of course, there are lots of pictures in the gallery. We are asking $180,000 which we believe is quite a bargain based on our experience and the other boats that are available on the market.

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Hello, and happy Friday 13th. This is a great day to buy a boat. We received confirmation today from our fine bankers that we are approved for funding to purchase Cannibal. The money is pending a satisfactory survey for valuation purposes. We are really pumped. The boat’s owners (C.A. and Betty) will be back in town from their travels next week and we will try to get the survey done before the end of the month. Then we should be able to go ahead with the purchase. Yippeeeee!

We also have been told by a friend that she has a family member that has a vacant house in the Pensacola area and that we can stay there for free. That is just such a God thing! You just can’t make this stuff up! If all is as it seems, we will be able to stay in the house there while we are getting things squared away with the boat. How awesome is that!

In addition, another friend has loaned me all of the study materials necessary for passing the tests to renew my License. Can it get any better? I submit that it cannot. Well, we could get a knock on the door from someone who wants to buy our house. However, we know that will happen in God’s timing; so I believe that today isn’t the day for that (although … the day isn’t over yet). In the meantime we are content to marvel at God’s goodness.

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Well, it’s been a while since we’ve posted an update. We’ve been painting woodwork in the house, and painting woodwork in the house, and painting woodwork in the house, you get the idea. But we did take a break to go down to Pensacola to look at the fine sailing vessel Cannibal. We really enjoyed our visit with the owners. They are extremely nice folks and are a ready resource of bluewater sailing information. The boat is very nice. It is built to sail in the ocean. It is almost totally ready to go. A couple of minor items need to be taken care of.

The layout is very functional. Lots of storage, lots of tankage, all lines led aft. The hull shape is beautiful. Lots of flare and reserve buoyancy. The after section is nice and broad but is low enough that you can climb right up the sugar scoop from a dinghy to board. The owner said that he has never taken a drop of water over the stern into the cockpit. Very impressive considering that that’s during years of ocean racing and two circumnavigations. The accommodations are pretty nice although the aft bunks are a little tight. Looking at it though we think we can make it work. There are no deck leaks, there is no hull deck joint to leak. Basically we think this is the boat for us. Now we need to get a fix on our finances and determine how much we can offer and then go ahead and make our offer. We are very excited about the prospect of owning this boat and putting lots of miles under the keel.

Here is a picture of Cannibal that we took while there:Cannibal

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Well we finally have a trip scheduled to look at a boat. It is the sailing vessel Cannibal that we have been considering for a few weeks. My dad was in Pensacola last week at a big trailer sailor regatta. While there, he went and took a look at her. He was very impressed. So we are finally getting an opportunity to see her for ourselves. We’ll be flying down on Wednesday the 20th and returning on the 21st. We are really excited. We still have concerns about the price, but we know that God has a plan. If this is the boat for us, He’ll make a way to get it. If it isn’t, we’ll know that too.

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I just want to take a moment and say “thank you” to all of you who have provided us with encouragement and assistance. We have had countless words of encouragement; much prayer; and specific assistance. We have received a couple of offers to store our belongings while we’re gone; and just yesterday we were offered the free use of a friend’s airplane and pilot to help in our search for a boat. We cannot thank all of you enough! We are so pumped about how this is all coming together. God truly is faithful and He uses regular people like you and me to see His plans come to pass.

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I’ve been corresponding with some folks in Pensacola about a sailboat they have for sale. It seems to fit the criteria that we are looking for. The owners, C.A. and Bettie Derivas have actually sailed this boat around the world twice. It is 54′ long and was custom designed and built to be a fast cruising boat based on lessons that C.A. learned from a previous circumnavigation (voyage around the world) aboard a smaller boat. They were very encouraging to us in our plan and their boat, Cannibal, could be just the ticket. It is not easy to find a boat that is truly ready to cruise. Most boats are used as marina condos or weekend daysailors. Those types of boats, although fundamentally seaworthy, usually require lots of refitting and outfitting to make them truly ready for bluewater (ocean) cruising. Cannibal seems to be ready to go in all respects except that she needs new working sails. She appears to have the accommodations we need to stay sane on a long voyage; 3 separate staterooms for us, the boys, and Kimi. Adequate water and fuel storage. Adequate storage for food and supplies. Heavily built rigging and high quality ground tackle (anchors and such). And a proven record underway in all sorts of weather. She is also fast and has a shallow draft which combine to increase the simplicity and enjoyment of time at sea and in new places overseas.

The asking price is somewhat out of our price range but sailboat prices are very negotiable and besides; God is able to supply the boat we need. If this is it, He will supply the means to get it. We are looking at our schedule to find a time to drive down to Pensacola and take a look at it. We’ll keep you posted!

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