Online Book: How To Buy an Offshore Boat, Chapter 5 of 26

Refit #2—A Good Boat Made Ocean-Ready

2007.11_Sojourner checking out the start of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner raceMy Mom and Dad bought their first sailboat when they were about the same age as I was when I bought Arcturus. She was a Bristol 24, and they sailed her on the northern Chesapeake out of the Sassafras.

Sojourner, a Wauquiez Hood 38 built in 1986, the subject of this chapter, is my parent’s seventh boat of the same name, but the first that truly went bluewater.

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Meet the Author

Andy Schell

Andy is passionate about sailing, and refitting three boats for ocean sailing has taught him a lot about systems and gear, and how to prioritize, optimize and simplify them for crossing oceans. He holds both USCG Master Mariner and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean credentials. He has been published in SAIL, Yachting World, SpinSheet and other publications. Together with Mia Karlsson, his wife and partner, he runs 59 North, Ltd., through which they offer offshore sailing adventures, host a podcast, and do boat deliveries.

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