Emet (eh’ met):  truth, truthful, faithful, trustworthy, steadfast, whole, universal, lasting

Emet was our 1982 Bristol 40 sailboat.

How did we come up with her name?  First, we “had” to follow Pat’s rules: http://www.bumfuzzle.com/how-to-name-a-boat/.  Second, we wanted something that was not common.  We struggled and contemplated and finally the X-Files gave us our answer.  Season 4, Episode 15.  A single word.  Uncommon.  Meaningful.  Exactly what we believe our boat to be.

We don’t know her whole history, but she was left for the salvage yard after Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast.  She was rescued by someone who saw merit in her, but didn’t have the time to fix her up.  We found her for sale in Texas after searching for the right vessel for 3 years.  She had a few scars from Ike, but nothing major that a little love and caring couldn’t remedy.  We figured that anyone that could take Ike head on and survive was pretty much tough as could be.  And, she looked like she needed someone to give her some love.

We decided that she was the right boat for us.  We slowly refit her and simplified her systems, though they weren’t too complex to begin with. We lived on her for about 4 years and had some adventures with her.

The sailboat life wasn’t quite for Jodi, so we sold her in February of 2019 to a new owner.

Here’s an article on Bristol 40s that was downloaded from writebyte.net during our search for a sailboat:  Bristol 40 Dependable

Specifications:  Bristol 40 on sailboatdata.com



Item Approximate cost
Boat $26,000
Main sail $3,000
Main sail cover $600
New running rigging $900
Head sail repair $1,200
Standing rigging repairs $300
Fuel tank repair $200
Head repair $400
New anchor $400
Spare anchor $300
New anchor rode (100’ 3/8” chain, 300’ 3/4” 3 strand nylon) $800
WirieAP $400
Refrigeration $1,000
Lazy jacks $175
Boom preventer $190
Dinghy davits $900
Dinghy $1,000
Dinghy outboard $600
Solar panels $575
Charge controller $385
Batteries $1050
iPad $400
Navionics $120
Steering system repairs $1,200
New life lines $380
Water pump/system repairs $330
New engine instruments $275
Handheld VHF radio $130
Binoculars $250
New depth sounder $150
Other miscellaneous $5,000
Forestay/backstay chainplates and backer plates for foredeck cleats $570
Jacklines and safety tethers (homemade) $206
Foulweather gear $150

Costs Total