Just like some people are suckers for stray dogs and cats, I am a sucker for distressed boats - especially if they are priced right. We found this 1981 Cheoy Lee Wittholtz 53 lying in a commercial boat yard in a remote corner of Canada. And when I say remote, I mean it was a 5 hour drive from the nearest airport, through mostly unpopulated countryside. Once we left the divided highway, about an hour out of the small city, it was rural the rest of the way.
This is not something we mind. In fact, it was an enjoyable drive. We do believe that the remoteness of the location of the boat contributed significantly to the final purchase price. How remote is it? The nearest mechanic is almost two hours away. And this boat required a mechanic if you are not one yourself, as the engine has a significant problem (it's dead), which also contributed to the low purchase price.
Another contributing factor in the sale price was that the boat is a cosmetic disaster. Structurally the boat is fine. But much of the interior will need to be dealt with. There are some non-structural rot areas, most ports and hatches leak or are broken, and the decks are in desperate need of a repaint.
There is a lot more story to come as we try to locate a suitable replacement engine (at a reasonable price), sell away our lives in Texas, move our family to a remote corner of Canada, get to work, and quickly recommission the boat and start our new adventure.
C'est la vie! - Such is life!
The boat's name is C'est la Sea because Such is the Sea, and also because C'est la Boat just did not sound quite right.
Oh yeah! We are going to be doing all of this on a very tight budget - less than 1/4 of the average cruising budget!