Winds of Change

The Winds of Change are blowing… nope this isn’t a political rant for or against Obama… it’s about the Sailing Vessel “Winds of Change”.

We bought her in October 2008 after making a “Five Year Plan” to learn to sail, put away a lot of money, prep our house for sale and get ready to retire early to a life of cruising aboard a sailboat. The name of the boat is from a Jimmy Buffett song, “Growing older but not up” where he the winds of time and the winds of change blowing over his head.

At our point in life we’ve decided that a lot of time has blown over our heads and we’ve been in Colorado 23 years and raised our children, most of whom are now raising their own kids or doing their own thing.  It time for my wife and I to move on. This is the longest either of us have ever lived in one place.

We both LOVE Colorado and the Mountains and the beautiful views.  But the cold is starting to get to us.  For the past five or six years it’s been getting worse and worse for my old bones.  It’s time to move on and we have the Caribbean in our sights.  The world is a strange and wonderful place, and dangerous so we’re undertaking this with full understanding how dangerous things can be, and just how much more of the world there is to see.

After visiting 49 countries myself, and JoAnne has something like a dozen under her belt now it’s time to see as much more as we can before we pass from this planet.

We’re in the last year of our five year plan and everything, so far has gone well.
It’s not only satisfying, but amazing when a “Plan comes together”.

Our sailboat, Winds of Change is for sale.

I have two or three internet Ads up for the boat.  But I’ll post some data here in case anyone reading is interested or others link here to get the data.

Macgregor Venture 25

Year: 1979
Length: 24′ 11″
Beam: 7′ 11″
Draft: 5′ 8″ with keel down, 18″ keel up (Swing keel)
Keel weight: 625 lb
Weight: 2300 lb
Engine: Evinrude 9.9 HP
Sail area: Approx 230 sq feet
2 anchors (Danforth, Hall)
100′ nylon rode per anchor, plus 30′ chain on each rode
Two burner propane stove (2010)
Porta-potty (2009)
IdaSailor kick-up rudder and tiller (2009)
Depth finder

$4000 or best offer. Please no texts to my cell, I won’t respond. If you want a good boat for the next sailing season, you’re learning or new to sailing then this is the boat you want. It served my wife and I very well for our learning phase. She’s ready for a new owner. There’s still sailing time left in Colorado this year. All pertinent information below.

 Selling so we can purchase our long term cruising boat.

The interior wood has all been replaced. Blue bottom paint, red boot stripe. Standing rigging in excellent shape. Halyards and Jib sheets replaced in 2011 along with main sheet blocks. Bow mounted anchor bracket (for Danforth). Sails are older but work fine; Mainsail and working jib. Sail bag. Whisker pole. Boat hook. There is a gin pole and block and tackle to step the mast and I will teach new owner how to step mast and set up rigging. (It’s very easy to do.)

Interior white/red lights, new bow-mounted navigation lighting. AM/FM Stereo. Depth finder. Sleeps five in drop down table berth, Vee-berth and pilot berth. Two fire extinguishers, new life jackets, two 6 gal fuel tanks, life rings (2). Trailer tie down straps and other hardware. Cockpit cushions. Heel indicator (angle of heel). Wind direction indicator on mast. Interior flotation material in place in boat. Docklines and fenders.

Galley has sink, ice box, hand pump water faucet, and 2 gallon fresh water tank and gray water tank below sink. (We normally carry a 5 gallon tank for refilling on weekend trips) Two burner propane stove, mounted in galley. I have the manual for the Macgreor 25.

Boat on trailer ready to go sailing!

Vessel registered in Colorado.

This is fair warning… if you are interested in this boat the price just went to $4000 US dollars and  I won’t lower the price again.  If you think you might want her, better get here and look.  I will donate the boat to a good cause before I will lower the price again.  The vessel is worth more than I have been asking.  But if we don’t sell the boat by the beginning of May I will DONATE it and you will lose your chance to get it.

Contact: Rick’s cell @ 719-310-7576 (3PM-7PM M-F, Anytime after 8AM Weekends until 8 PM) leave message if I don’t answer and I will return your call.

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