Friday, November 6, 2015

Meet Anna

Anna is a  center cockpit Norseman 447,  hull number 53.  She was launched in 1985 at the Ta Shing Shipyard in Taiwan ROC, just two short years after Jan and I were married in Newport Beach California.  I've dreamed of owning a strong and capable cruising boat for a long, long time, and many plans have circled about for the last 30 years of how to pull off buying a boat like this, and then taking her on an extended cruise.  Dreams can be the most powerful of motivators, and in March 2015 she became ours. Now the fun begins!




We found her on Yachtworld but she was for sale in La Paz.  After looking for easier boats to buy and finding none we liked, we booked our trip to Cabo and took the 3 hour bus ride to La Paz to see her in person.  Here's how it all went down-- We saw the boat and were impressed, met the owner, Joe--super nice, then we had tacos and Pacificos while we watched the Seahawks beat the Packers in a crazy NFC title game, then went back to Anna for a sea trial at sunset in 12 knots of warm breeze on flat water reaching in and out of the channel from Marina Palmira in a mild state of euphoria.  After many other signs that this was the boat for us, we went home to go through the mechanics of making it official.  Next step-- come back to La Paz for a week of sailing on Anna by ourselves in April.

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