We’ve added a Portland Pudgy to our Sailboat!
Our new sailboat didn’t come with a dinghy so we did some research and decided we wanted a Portland Pudgy. The Portland Pudgy is built in Maine and the company does not advertise or have dealers like most companies; they sell their product by word of mouth. Owners are normally very proud of their little Pudgy’s and used ones are very hard to come by. The only problem for us was complete sticker shock for a brand new little Pudgy with all the additional features.
I like deals. I hate paying full price for anything and I LOVE second hand deals. After setting up computer searches and sleepless nights surfing the internet I found a fabulous deal on a super tricked out Portland Pudgy that had never really been used. SCORE!! The only catch was that it was 1,500 miles away in a BARN being sold in the middle of winter in the frozen North! As I was heading North a Winter storm started brewing but I wasn’t about to let snow, sleet or ice stop me!! This was a BARN find deal of a lifetime! (Side note: when the owner said it was in his barn I cringed and all I could think of was mice making home in this Pudgy; however come to find out this was a temperature controlled man cave “barn”.)
So you may be wondering what the hell is a Portland Pudgy. Pudgy’s are so many different things all wrapped up in a little solid unsinkable ridged dinghy. The size, 7.8 ft., is the perfect fit for our new little sailboat. As I said, our new Pudgy is tricked out and has every option available. Some of the features include an electrical system powered by solar panels, integrated running lights and charging station for things like our phones, a 3 HP electric engine or small life saving water maker. It also has a full sailing kit, custom made rowing oars, and the full life raft kit. We no longer have to worry about problems that come with an inflatable dinghy or worry whether our life raft will deploy. Our Pudgy may not have a lot of speed or carry many people but it is still super strong, has lots of dry storage, is lightweight, is incredibly stable and can transform as needed. Power Boat, Row Boat, Sailing Dinghy, Life Raft.
All packed up ready for transport from New Hampshire to Florida
Henry trying out our new Pudgy
Our new Pudgy in our davits
Someone Sailing their Pudgy (Photo off Portland Pudgy Website)
A Pudgy used as a life-raft (Photo off Portland Pudgy Website)
Our “sails” have been adjusted!!
A lot has transpired since this time last year. In March 2017 we decided to move SV Sweet Escape to Burnt Store Marina in Charlotte Harbor for a new sailing ground. At the same time, we decided to put SV Sweet Escape up for sale; we wanted a larger sailboat with a center-cockpit. BUT As the old saying goes, “Sailors make plans written in sand at low tide” because plans must be adjusted accordingly. Right after moving to Burnt Store Marina Henry’s step-father passed away. Henry’s mom needs assistance and after lots of sleepless nights we knew we needed to make an adjustment our cruising plans.
On December 20, 2017 we sold SV Sweet Escape, bought a “Super Sized Dock Box” (a home on the water) with a boat slip all on the same day!!
When we sold SV Sweet Escape we agreed we would wait 6 months to a years before we bought another sailboat. This would give us time to decide what we wanted; however it was sailing season and we wanted to go sailing. In our free time we scoured “boat porn”, climbed on many vessels and low and behold we found our new sailboat right down the canal from our new home in Punta Gorda Isles. We bought SV CSCape exactly one month after selling SV Sweet Escape.
SV CSCape is a beautiful 1986 Pearson 33-2 Centerboard. She has a shoal draft of 3.6 feet and with her centerboard down she draws 7 feet. We were so excited to have found a 32 year old boat that had an owner that not only has OCD but one who spared no expense to maintain his other love in like new condition throughout her entire lifetime. Now we can enjoy the 2018 sailing season. CHEERS! Here’s to new and exciting adventures aboard SV CSCape! ⛵️⛵️ Stay tuned for her new name and voodoo renaming ceremony….. 😇
Our cabin is our mountain oasis, a space we can escape to and soak up the mountain air. We love the outdoors and wanted an amazing outdoor living-room. We hired a great guy to build the porch and then Henry and I used our newly acquired rock laying skills to finish off the fireplace. Henry and I also cut, sanded, and stained the log mantel. Now we have our treehouse living-room, outdoor kitchen area and this amazing 16×24 foot outdoor living-room.
A special crane had to be rented to bring our spa up and put on porch
The bears came out everyday to check the progress of the porch
I was in San Fransisco May 2012 for a business trip a week before the capsizing of Artemis with the lose of one sailor. It was a beautiful day and I got some great photos posted below. The first two photos were done using HDR. The video was from the news.
Pat and I were back out a month later to see the “Louis Vuitton Cup” leading up to the America’s Cup.