“Try before you buy. Really try to figure out how you want to use before getting excited about the latest stuff.”

Convivia, Others 43’

Interview with the Captain – Kevin Colcord

About the Boat

Why did you choose to buy this boat?
We were actually looking for a new boat and we’re about to submit an order when I found this boat on a European yacht website.

What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
We were really excited about the X43 after sailing with Ed and Alyssa Kaye on their boat in Maine. The Italia 12.98 is a direct descendant of the X – very similar sailing and comfort characteristics

How did you come to find/locate her before purchasing (and what’s the boat’s history if you know it)?
Just plain luck… after months looking for the right fairly current used boat, we stumbled upon this one!

What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
 Radar, new dodger and Bimini

What are the features you like most about your boat?
Build quality, sailing characteristics and good looks (judge for yourself, it’s always a very personal thing!)

Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
30 years ago got invited to JYC Thursday evening race and was immediately hooked.

Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating/sailing organizations?
BYC, then EYC. MBSA, US Sailing, J105 Association.

What boats have you previously owned?
S2 9.1, J105, J120, Zodiac YL (2x) Tiwal

How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
Mostly cruise Maine to Mystic. Used to race 3 to 4x per week.

What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?

Do you have any notable boating resources you use?
Local connections… Traders, Cloutman’s, Willard and elbow grease.

Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Post like yours?
Try before you buy. Really try to figure out how you want to use before getting excited about the latest stuff. Buy 3 to 5 years old.

What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
“Banquet with Friends” from the Bill Buford book “Heat” – about a slow cooking society in Europe.

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