Meet Our Sailboat

Researching Our Boat

tybee grasses, toseaornottosee.comBuying a sailboat is a lot like dating. While on paper, someone may seem like a perfect fit, when you finally meet in person, you discover there is no “chemistry.” At the time, however, we had no idea how many “dates” we would go on, before we would finally meet the right one, our new sailboat.

We went into the search with a list of criteria we thought we  needed, or wanted. On our short list were things like sleeping berths to accomodate our family, bluewater capabilities, and enough space above and below, so the length needed to be atleast 35 feet.

We wanted a boat that needed work because we had a limited budget, but the work should, for the most part, be something we could handle. Price was not our main criteria… quality and reputation were!

Finding Our Boat

Lilly pads atop a lakeWhen you are in the market for a sailboat, there are many online resources to help you. We started by researching boats that were reliable and could get us where we wanted to go. From that list, we deleted boats that had known flaws (histories of thin hulls, separating keels, and so on) and those out of our price range. We wanted a boat that would hold its value and would still be a great bargain after all the work we would be doing. The list became smaller still. We then started looking on online forums for owners’ comments.

Finally, we searched online marketplaces like Yacht World, Ebay, and Craigslist, looking for that jewel in the rough. When we saw it, we’d know. It took us a couple of years, but many roadtrips later, we were on our way to meet our boat. We were finally on our first date with “the One.” The second I’d laid eyes on her, I knew!

Meet Our Boat- Finally!

Here she is: a 36 foot Allied Princess. The owner was relocating and gave us a great price. We drove down that night to examine her and we moved her to a boatyard within the week.

Our Allied Princess 36' sailboat IMAG0580 IMAG0640

About Our Boat

According to, “the Princess was most likely Allied’s most popular boat of the time (1972-1982).” Here are the specifications, taken from the Allied website:

Overall length: 36′
Waterline length: 27’6″
Beam: 11′
Displacement: 14,400 pounds
Ballast: 5000 pounds lead
Draft: 4’6″
Keel style: modified full
Fuel: 37-70 gallons (most 40)
Water: 60-100 gallons (most 80)
Sail area: ketch: 604 s.f. cutter: ? sloop: 595 s.f.
Headroom: 6’4″
Designer: Edmunds
Theoretical hull speed: 7.027 knots
Displacement to waterline length ratio: 309.112
Beam to length ratio: .306
Sail area to displacement ratio: 16.361
Capsize screening value: 1.81 (A lower value indicates a more stable boat; the screening value must be under 2.00 in order to be offshore-capable)

Our Next Steps

The boat needs work, but the bones are good. The biggest expenses will be replacing the motor and painting the body. We have a list of repairs and replacements, but, luckily, we saved money on the initial outlay.Our top priority is having her ready to set-off by next summer. We will be documenting our work on our boat as we go, so SUBSCRIBE to keep up-to-date on our adventure. Until next time!

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