About the Boat

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Is that a Hans Christian? She's a Tayana, right?

Some of the numerous stabs on guessing the make of my boat in the various ports I've sailed her into so far, but no:

Constance is a Slocum 43. Born in 1982 in the Formosa Yard in Taiwan, she is the sixth hull of just 60 sisters, designed by Stan Huntington. Constance is a cutter rigged, double-ender cruising yacht, made with thick fiberglass, with a modified full keel. She displaces over 28,000 pounds and comfortably sails around 6 knots (if her bottom is clean ;) )

This girl has been around in her 38 years. Her previous owner sailed her with his partner from the west coast of the USA to the East coast… they took the long way around. They kept detailed journals of their adventures (more on this later) From Santa Barbara, CA, Constance carried her previous owners to the South Pacific, stopping in New Zealand and Australia to extensively explore, up through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean, to the Mediterranean and west still to the Caribbean. To say she is a proven vessel is an understatement. After cruising the Caribbean for several seasons, she was made fast at a dock in Florida where she waited her next adventure. Enter me.

Constance and I met face to fiberglass in July 2019 in Fort Lauderdale. I had purchased her three months before, with a survey, but without having seen her in person. I had a good feeling. This route is NOT something I would recommend potential boat buyers do, particularly if you plan on making sailing and living aboard your lifestyle, but the price was right for the condition she was in and I had seen enough boats up to that point to know that she checked the majority of the boxes I had made in my list, along with some plusses that weren't on my list. Over a year and a half of ownership and nearly a full year living onboard, my decision came with added challenges, but no regrets. I still have that good feeling. She needed some TLC to make her ready for sailing and living aboard, and I was unfortunately still attached to a ship that was located out of state, so I naïvely signed on for a crash course on Fort Lauderdale boatyards, sales persons, and technicians with an overwhelmed project manager. Not everyone I engaged had the customer's best interests or budgets in mind. Lesson learned. Thankfully, I had a good friend who did. My friend, Ji arrived in Florida armed with xcel spreadsheets detailing all the ongoing projects, more streamlined communication to me, and a drive to educate himself and me on best practices in rigging, fiberglass repairs, electronics installation, as well as familiarizing himself with the various vendors in marina mile. He pulled my dream out of its downward spiral and got it back on track and for that I will always be grateful. Chain plates, marine head, new-to-me propane stove, electronics upgrades, some cutting and patches to the sails just to name a few tasks required. The list of planned continues, but not at the delay of our adventures. Once she was deemed safe, and we had a little time to get to know one another, I moved aboard full time and set my sights on the Florida West Coast with further ambitions to getting to Panama toward the end of March 2020. Then came COVID.....

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