I felt I needed to wait until the paperwork was done. The long, varied search and discovery mission for a DE boat here is over. We looked all over New England at a lot of boats. Including a project I almost took on here on Nantucket. As seems normal, we could not find the boat that checked all the boxes but saw a lot with good qualities and a lot with issues. Prices varied depending on how much of a project the boat was but we were open to anything with good bones. We had a contract on a 35 Duffy but that deal fell through. Thinking we were going to need to find a temporary center console and work ramping up for spring deadlines we had decided to let it go till fall and continue the search then. Meanwhile back a few weeks, a member here had contacted me about another Beal here on Nantucket quietly for sale. A 28 Crowley Beal (not to be confused with an Osmond) that has been around here since it was built. I have seen it around and knew the boat but did not know much about it. I went to look and it felt promising but not for us. I figured I would keep it in my back pocket in case the deal we had going on the Duffy did not work out. Glad I did. In the end Mrs. and I went to look again and made a deal with the owner who I know. After all the traveling we did from Maine to Florida looking at DE boats, this one sort of found me less than a mile from shop. It needs a lot of cleaning and updating but is going to be fine for us to figure out if the DE hull is for us or not. I will need to spend some dough on various things like windows and hatches. Cushions for us to be more comfortable in the vee berth for overnights on the mooring. Rear curtains need to be replaced. A mast is on the list and a Durabrite mini as soon as practical. Cummins 6CTA8.3M1 rebuilt a while back. ZF trans with a 4 blade on it now but it came with a spare 3 blade. 200 gallons of fuel Riggers will be moved to the roof and upgraded. Currently just cleaning and getting to know her inside and out. Filters, fluids, bottom paint, wash, wax, buff and launch her to get to know her on the water. Definitely a beast. Needs a lot of cleaning for sure but it made sense to us to by this one. What it doesn't have, we can add. What it does, is good enough for us to figure out if the DE hull is for us. More to follow as we get her up to par.