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Ten years ago, we sailed in the Caribbean for a year.  (Shameless plug for historical completeness: http://www.amazon.com/Mermaid-Family-Paradise-Philip-Rink/dp/0972790616/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1341066657&sr=1-1 and http://www.amazon.com/Mermaid-Our-Family-in-Paradise/dp/B0044C3RL4/ref=sr_1_6?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1340423670&sr=1-6&keywords=Mermaid+Family and http://www.amazon.com/Mermaid-Family-Paradise-Philip-Rink/dp/B0041HX7IK/ref=sr_1_23?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1340423760&sr=1-23&keywords=Mermaid+Family).  Mermaid was a forty-foot Beneteau Sailboat designed and build for the charter industry.  We had a great trip, largely due to the charter-specific features that made the boat comfortable and safe at anchor.

She was also a cave.  That tiny window to my right was one of four in the main cabin.  To look forward or aft, or to look around, you had to go on deck.  However, the small windows kept the sun outside, and the cabin mostly cool. It’s common for sailboats to have few small windows, because the open ocean tends to break whatever you bring to her.

For instance, on a nice calm night running downwind, a serious wave wiped out the windshield and flybridge of this 56′ Sea Ray off the shore of Southern Oregon.

It kind of messed up the cabin, too.  But nobody died and we got a good story.  Sorry there aren’t more pictures.  The cameras got a little wet, and we were busy.

Back here on Puget Sound and the Inside Passage, we like windows.  This is mostly because we stay inside our boats, with the heat on.  Also, it’s rarely windy enough to sail unless it’s too cold and wet to be outside, and it’s rarely warm enough to be outside unless it’s too calm to sail.  So we end up with boats like this:

and this:

and this:

and this:


But none of these boats can go far from land, and we want to go far from land.  But we want windows.  But Grownup Ocean Boats don’t have windows.

Then Nancy spotted a Cal 2-46 in a local harbor.  A little research, a few phone calls, and we were aboard.  We also learned that of the 95 boats of this type built, at least five have circumnavigated and many more have sailed to and from Hawaii.

So Nancy got on the job.  Harnessing the privacy-destroying power of the internet, we sent inquires to over half of the Cal 2-46 owners.  We sent the inquires by USPS, instead of calling on the phone or sending emails so we didn’t freak anyone out any more than necessary.  Even though none of the boats in the US was actively for sale, we found several people  that were willing to sell their boat.  We picked out this one.

And here we are.

Besides, this boat is no longer available:

Federal Safety Standards and stuff.  The man trying to shut us down, yo.