Thus, I lined up eight different showings in OR, WA, and BC. The first one I looked at was a 33' Cape Carib ketch in St. Helens, OR. It had tons of space, but the price was a little high and it would've needed lots of work to be ready to go offshore. I decided to keep it in my back pocket and check out the others.
I crossed the border earlier in the day so I would have plenty of time to navigate around Vancouver and find the meeting spot. I neglected to consider, however, that I was traveling in my truck - which was packed completely full of stuff and the border guards didn't take kindly to that. I got flagged into the "additional scrutiny" zone and they gave me the riot act for an hour and a half, asking me dozens of questions and searching the truck from top to bottom. They apparently thought I was trying to sneak into Canada to remain there forever. Is it really so strange that someone would be traveling with all their possessions to look at a boat in Vancouver? Hmm... yeah, I guess that is pretty strange.
I called the broker back and told him I was interested and asked about the boats owners, its history, and how flexible the price was. It sounded like I was in luck. That following morning, I made a formal offer and started lining up a haul-out and survey.
She was built in 1960, right at the beginning of the era when fiberglass was introduced. In that day and age, nobody understood just how strong fiberglass was, and as a result, she is built with the thicknesses and construction that you'd expect in an older wooden boat... which means shes strong as a bull and she can take a lot of abuse and punishment. She was built in Holland and imported through New York, so though she is branded as a Seafarer, she was built in an industrial shipyard in Europe. Shes covered in brass fittings and accented with lots of rich, varnished wood. Shes quite clean and tidy (especially in comparison with other boats I looked at) and she even has lots of extra accessories, like a dingy and a tiller-pilot. The sails are exceptionally heavy duty and they were made by Schattauer Sails specifically for offshore cruising. They're almost 20 years old, but they still look and feel brand new. I think my favorite part about the interior is the little wood stove that heats her.