“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
As many of our friends and family know, we scoured the Gulf Coast searching for the right boat for us for almost 2 years. And while at times we got discouraged at either the design, age, or cost of any one boat, we always believe there was a perfect-for-us boat out there and in December of 2016 a friend invited us aboard her 393 for a tour. We fell in love immediately.
For weeks we flipped through page after page of local listings and websites looking for what we knew was now our dream boat. Frustrated, we expanded our search to south Texas and South Florida where we found exactly what we were looking for sitting in St. Petersburg, Florida. On January 25th, 2017 we put a contract down one.
[Name Omitted For Now] is a 2003 Beneteau 393 sloop rig, 2 cabin, 2 head layout with a Pullman berth at the port bow and a full queen sized bed on the starboard aft. The 393 is based on the highly successful Beneteau 473 and designed by renowned naval architects Berret/Racoupeau Yacht Design.
She has had only one owner who thankfully took impeccable and meticulous care of her and has almost all of the features we were looking for: Plenty of SPACE, a great swim platform for ocean living, 2 heads, a Pullman berth with a spacious room forward, a full queen sized bed to accommodate friends and family, very low engine hours and new sails with all lines coming to the cockpit (and even an electric winch), an in-mast furling main, solid boom vang, 140% genoa, 2 A/C units to keep us comfortable in the hot months, a 42 horse power Westerbeke engine, and a 5.1 foot shoal draft keel.
She has a spacious interior with a port side galley and plenty of storage on the starboard side dry-sink for supplies on long passages. The settee table lowers for a third berth if needed that can sleep 2 more adults, for a total of 6.
The boat is fully outfitted with Raymarine electronics, a strong linear auto pilot and a Garmin chart plotter. However, over the course of 2017 we hope to be replacing all of the original electronics with new B&G hardware and solar panels and a water maker to outfit her for long term cruising!
Sailing Into The Blue