Sailorman’s last post, Problems, reveals why you probably shouldn’t buy a 37′ sailboat as an impulse buy, but in the end none of that really matters when you fall in love. Right?
As we walked the dock at Little Yacht Sales that faithful day in September 2018, I couldn’t help but notice the words “Beautiful Dreamer” on the side of a canoe stern.
As a former teacher in visual communication, my eyes were instantly drawn to the lettering on this sailboat; it was so beautifully done.
I knew right then that if we bought it, this would be the first boat that we would NOT rename. In fact, the original owners of this Tayana 37 named her, and no owner thereafter ever thought of changing it (we are the fifth owners) — Smart move.
So buy it we did, and it didn’t matter that there were blisters on her bottom, leaky chain plates, broken alternator, and other unknown problems that have revealed themselves during these last ten months. This Tayana 37 is a classic, and despite the issues that come with age, she was in great shape.
A Little Tour:
I hope this little photo tour of our Beautiful Dreamer helps you see why it was love at first sight.
What first mate doesn’t love a galley with an oven, refrigerator, freezer, double sinks and lots of cabinets ALL within a 3′ x 3′ foot space!
This is the first kitchen/galley I can cook complete meals just buy turning in a circle!
And speaking of refrigeration, this Tayana is also complete with ducked A/C and heat. Almost a necessity for sitting dockside at the marina on hot Texas days.
Teak, Teak, and more Teak:
And let’s not forget the beautiful teak cabinets, walls, and floors. There is storage galore, including two hanging lockers, and this original brass oil lantern.
The detail on the head door is a testament to the pride taken by those who built the Tayana (it is said no two Tayana’s are alike, as each one was custom designed).
And the best part? The head has a separate shower! This is a totally luxury item for me in regards to boating, and I’ll never go back.
Beauty is in the Details:
Check out this moveable panel between the stern berth and the cabin. Left open it feels like part of the cabin, but closed up, a very private space. Beautiful.
Let’s move onto the Upper Deck.
Of course some of the best jewelry on this old girl is up top. Like this teak butterfly hatch.
Sure it leaks, but I’m going to have to be thrown overboard before I let Sailorman replace it with something more “modern.” Just look at it! ❤️
And the bowsprit is a work of art in it’s own right. Complete with a Texas star for this Texas lady.
Scruffy Miss Roxie enjoys hangout on the doghouse. Which, by the way, is really what it’s called.
On a sailboat, A doghouse is a part of the belowdecks cabin which is raised above the deck level to provide additional headroom below.* Miss Roxie knows where she belongs.
Now this is a ships wheel:
From my point-of-view, our Tayana 37, Beautiful Dreamer, is perfect in every detail – right down to her key.
So while Sailorman is focused on the mechanics of this old yacht, arguable the most important part of the vessel, my job will be to make this boat feel like home. I have the easy job…