Our Floating Home

The Boat

   Our floating home is a 1984 Pearson 385, Hull No. 6.  She is 41 feet overall, drafts 5.5 feet, and is sloop rigged.  Below decks, there is a forward state room with a head, an aft state room with a head and shower, a small galley on the port side, a navigation table on the starboard side, and a salon with a settee on either side. We acquired her in April 2014 in an estate sale from the family of someone who spent his last years readying her for cruising, only to pass away before realizing his dream.

Pearson 385 Layout
Repairs, Improvements, and Surprises
   Outfitting her proved to be an interesting, and ongoing, task. There were the obvious repairs, such as a new sail cover for the genoa, a new alternator for the squealing engine, and rebuilding both heads.  The surprise repairs included rewiring nearly the entire boat, installing a new shower sump, and completely overhauling the fresh water plumbing. There were, and still are, many items to buy.  We expected to have to purchase things like a new chart plotter (since the old one was stolen before we closed on the boat), a dinghy and motor, and an AIS.  We were surprised to have to purchase a new charger/inverter, all new wiring for the electronics, and new solar panels.   However, not all of the surprises were bad.  We found quite a few items left by the previous owner that have proved to be quite useful, like a 300 gpd modular water maker installed under the cabin sole. After 8 months, there is still work to be done but, we feel that she is now ready for us to begin our cruise. 

On the Hard for New Bottom Paint

Her Name
   When we bought the boat, her name was Disciple.  Not only did this name not embody the spirit of the boat but, nearly everywhere we looked Disciple was actually misspelled as Diciple.  It was even spelled this way on the side of the hull, for all the world to see.  Being a teacher, this was, well . . . bad publicity.  So, the boat had to be renamed.  After much thought, we settled on Second Chances. It is a second chance at love and life for Bill, a second chance at love and life for me (Katie), and a second chance for the boat to actually stretch her legs and cruise.  So, after the proper ceremony and offering of libations to the gods, she is now Second Chances.

The Naming Ceremony
Our New Name

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