After getting the settlement check for the boat accident I took a look through the websites that list boats for sales. A quick search found a 1979 Morgan Outisland 415 (41′ foot) for sale in Punta Gorda in SW Florida for just about the same amount as the settlement check.
I took the Greyhound down. There was no convenient schedule down so got stuck sleeping on a bench at the Orlando Greyhound station overnight. I’m getting too old for these type of trips, don’t bounce back as fast with just cat naps here and there. I remember when I could go 36 hours without getting tired.
Punta GordaAs I had some free time I meandered around the Punta Gorda waterfront. They’ve really been smart about what they’ve done here.
One end of the Harborwalk is anchored by a Fisherman’s Village. A marina with a covered walkway of shops and restaurants. With harbor tours, boat rentals, cafes, and full restaurants this place had a good crowd.
As you head east the walk is bordered by a nice park filled with active seniors. The mini-tennis courts were packed. Walkers and bicyclists all enjoyed the open views of Port Charlotte.
Very different than the marinas in Jacksonville where there is almost no foot traffic or commerce other than boat storage.
1979 Morgan Outisland 415
The boat, while a project, is in good shape from a structural point.
There is a lot of work on the insides cosmetically.
- I’ll have to rebuild both heads almost entirely.
- Complete replacement if the flooring
- New paint
- New cushions
- New mattress in the aft cabin
Externally there are only a few things:
- Set up external propane storage.
- Replace winches for the jib sheets.
- Some serious waxing.
While the increased size really helps long term, the improved status of the systems is a real game changer. This will take 6 months of work of my hands.
I put an offer in on the boat, with some minor contingencies. I should hear back this week. Then I have to schedule a week off of work to move the boat to Jacksonville.