Preparing to retire & go ''liveaboard cruising'' ...minimalist & solo.
Sailed on & off over the years & owned sport boats such as Mistral 410, Tornado, Super Cat 19', Mega 30 & others ...but this, on lakes only.
Single hand sailing critaria had me going no more than 32' (Endeavor 32 to be precise) but found a late 70's E35-2 to my liking & budget; it's no spring chicken but quality built & was freshwater daysailed for the last 12 years, at least.
The E35-2 is on the hard in the Toronto area, I'm in Québec & just about to have it surveyed to determine if worth pursuing any further &, if so, fork out a conditional deposit till driving down for the ''in water' part of the Survey in April & the buy.
It has an atomic 4 that the seller describes a well taken care of & reliable ...but it's most likely original & hasn't been rebuilt to his 12 years owning it.
Come late May, I plan to sail it solo across lake Ontario, unstep the mast once in Oswego then motor the intracoastal canals to Lake Champlain south, step the mast & sail up to Quebec.
Got one more year to go before retirement; perfect time opportunity to prep the boat & acquire enough knowledge & experience to start the real journey next year.
- Anything to look out for on the E35-2? (known weak points, deal breakers etc ...)
- Feasible to single hand an E35-2 on this route with little experience depending on an old atomic 4 engine even if the Survey results indicate that it's seems to be good to go?
- Allowing 4 weeks to do so, is it enough starting mid-may or early june?
- Any idea of fuel costs for this journey? (Gas engine)
Your input would be much appreciated!