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Circumnavigation in a 323
« on: April 02, 2023, 07:02:47 PM »
Back in 2010 I received an email from young gentleman interested in the Person 323. I showed him my boat, some of the work that I had done to ready the boat for coastal and ocean sailing...and then I promptly lost track of this young man.

Fast forward to last week (March 2023) and I received an email from this same man. He was asking about a boat part and he thought that I might have the specifications that he needed. Unfortunately, I was unable to help him but I did learn that in the intervening years he had purchased a 323 and was only about 1800 nm from completing a circumnavigation.

Even though I've been without my 323 since 2016, I thought many of you on this list might appreciate knowing a little more about this man's adventures:
https://vimeo.com/user1017589

And this about getting the 323 ready for a circumnavigation: https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f47/pearson-323-enchantress-circumnavigation-plan-140365.html

If you are like me, you'll appreciate Austin as an artist, filmmaker, sailor, and adventurer.

Cheers,
Richard
« Last Edit: April 03, 2023, 08:43:28 PM by Libations Too »
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Re: Circumnavigation in a 323
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2023, 07:14:08 PM »
Thank you very much for posting this link.  Agreed, Austin is all you said.  Best wishes.

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Re: Circumnavigation in a 323
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2023, 09:53:12 AM »
Fantastic!

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Re: Circumnavigation in a 323
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2023, 09:15:37 PM »
Wow. Thanks for this - I met Austin back in 2012; very nice guy, he had the slip opposite mine for a while, before he set off to Hawai'i. We lost touch around then; I know that he was unsure whether distance cruising was for him after that voyage...seems like he made that decision!

The former owner had made a number of interesting mods to the boat; as an example, he modified the chart table to give fill access to the (wasted) space below - see image. And in the bilge, the grey water tank was moved forward, opening up the entire space under the hatch - and it is a huge space without that grey water tank!

He also pushed out the anchor platform to install a baby stay in the forepeak - sadly I don't have a good photo of that.

It's great to see him - and the boat - having traveled so far.