Here we go again

Sailing towards Cape Cook, Brooks Peninsula off the nor’west coast of Vancouver Island

Fainleog is back on the market

Third time lucky is the old saw, and I hope it’s true. Fainleog is up for sale yet again. We reached 5 minutes to midnight this spring when we were a hairsbreadth of selling her, but the time wasn’t quite right. A Vancouver Island circumnavigation under my belt since then (the story soon to be in Pacific Yachting), and it’s time to move on.

I’ll admit it still isn’t easy, but I realize that staying aboard her is like trying to hold back time. I don’t know what our future is, but it’s not with her. I love living aboard and would trust my life to this wonderful, rugged sailboat (as I have in the past) but after over 5 years it’s time to move on. I think that’s the longest I’ve ever lived in one home! I’m not sure where we shall move to, but I know it will be grand in some strange and unexpected way.

Fainleog has been lovingly doted over in the years we have owned her, as she has been the repository of our dreams. And what incredible adventures we have had, I have had, aboard her. I’m honestly excited for the new owner as so much joy and wonder awaits them.

I know I’m a fool; she is after all nothing more than a cobbled-together assemblage of spun glass, petrochemicals, stainless steel, teak and plastics. But when those raw ingredients are assembled in the shape of a tough, seaworthy sailing yacht, it feels like something fabulous is created. She has shown me an incredibly beautiful part of the world I never would have known without her. She has shown me to possess a courage I never knew I possessed, a resourcefulness I’ve never needed before. The challenges she put before me allowed me to grow in ways I never expected, and I’m grateful to her, her famed designer Ray Wall, and all the tradespeople and staff at CS Yachts that built her over 30 years ago. They all did a such a fantastic job, which is why she is still capable of sailing the world’s seas.

Maybe someday we’ll own a bigger yacht so Tracy can enjoy living aboard more, maybe I’ll just buy a smaller one that I can enjoy alone, but I’ll leave that to the future. First step is handing her off to the next owner who will doubtless have as amazing a time with her as we did.


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