We received lots of pictures and information from our survey. It looks like the N55 Capella will be ours! I am soooo excited I can't stand it!!! What a fabulous adventure ahead of us just learning about her systems, maintenance and boat handling of such a large oceangoing vessel. This has got to be such an exciting and wonderful experience for Scott. He is retiring and can spend as much time as he needs to get over the "learning curve." I am still working full-time so I have much fewer hours to read , study and practice. We currently enjoy summers in Chicago, but this one will be our last.
We have 11 pages of needed repairs and sugested items to address. The good news is that everything is very minor. The results of the surveys were very solid. We had an electronics, mechanical, and overall systems survey. Survey included a short haul and sea trial. Alex Graham of Marine Diesel performed the mechanical survey. Brian of Celtic Marine performed the electronics survey. Jon Howe of Nautical Services Group performed the general systems survey. In addition, John Hoffman with Nordhavn Service assisted in the evaluation and short haul. I am extremely impressed by their professionalism and thoroughness. My thanks for their support.
Paula has decided to change the soft goods on the boat. She wants a different style and to put her personal touch on the boat. Oh no!!! This includes changing the two settees, Stidd chair, curtains, bed coverings, floor rugs, and who knows what else. Destry from Destry Darr Design is helping her. This cannot be cheap???? God knows how much money this will cost! I hope there is enough money left to upgrade "minor" things like electronics, mechanical, , zincs, bottom paint, anchor, etc. :)
OK, so I'll miss Chicago...But our new travel experiences will definitely be worth it!