The sale of Vega #1354 was officially settled on 18 July. I received the keys and documents via USPS a few days afterwards so am now the very proud new owner of a 40 year old sailing vessel.
Even with sails that are like new, a recently rebuilt engine and in fair condition cosmetically for her age I already have a long wish list of enhancements to prepare her for a 2013 Atlantic passage to Ireland, Scotland, Norway and the Baltic.
Immediate actions will be to get her USCG documentation in order, perform a full inventory, do some housekeeping and become more intimately acquainted with her handling characteristics.
The star Vega in the constellation Lyra is one of the 30 or more stars used for celestial navigation. Vega is the second brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere.
This Vega, hull number 1554, is a forty year old sailing vessel that was manufactured in Sweden by Albin Marin. More than 3400 of these boats were built between 1968 and 1979. Many of these boats have made extensive voyages including some circumnavigations.
Ownership of the vessel, currently named Puffin, will soon be transferred from her former owners to the author. Only a few small details remain before settlement.
In my mind, I have already given her the name Estrellita which translates as ‘little star’. In the Spanish language, the diminutive of a name is often used to denote affection or endearment so the name Estrellita has double meaning for me. I am confident she will not disappoint me.