"Should be easier," our friend Smoke emailed me the other day. "Need boat, find boat, buy boat."
He hit it perfectly.
I remind myself that we are searching for a yacht, after all, and that there are much harder fates out there. But, really, talk to people who have particular ideas about what they want and a limited budget, and again and again you will hear stories of long, hard boat searches.
We're still very excited about Taiko, the steel boat in Sausalito. But a talk with a surveyor has identified a couple of issues that might be real problems.
First, the engine really does seem to be too small for such a big boat. I had resigned myself to the idea of getting along with 50 HP, but the surveyor pointed out that this particular engine will only deliver 35 HP or so at cruising RPM, which really might not do the trick at all.
And then there's the issue of insulation. Both the surveyor and the aforementioned Smoke, who knows a few things about steel boats, get very serious when they talk about the suitability of a metal boat with uninsulated frames for the sort of high-latitude work that we have in mind.