Leela is a 1976 Union 36 sailboat. The Union 36 has a complex history and shares very close ties with the Hans Christian 36 lineage. The story on this has been covered extensively here. She was hull #4 and is a graceful lady that we know will take good care of us.
We purchased Leela in September 2014 from the nicest people in the world. Actually. Peter and Wendy Green from Victoria BC, had previously owned her for 8 years during which they refitted her for a world tour. Unfortunately, health issues forced the sell before the dream could be completed. While she still needs some work, you can read about Peter, our subsequent friendship and his previous retrofit in this post.
Leela is a classic cutter rig with roller furling Yankee and hanked on Staysail. She is a classic beauty full keel double-ender canoe stern, teak decks, teak throughout the interior cabin and plenty of varnish to keep us busy. Was she the most logical and practical boat to purchase? Errrr…good question.
While we were boat shopping we retained the services of legendary yacht designer Bob Perry to help us sort a few things out and provide guidance on our quest. We told him of our love for the classic double enders of the 1970 early ’80 era. “But why?” he asked. “Those are boats for retired old guys!” I think he quickly realized he would not be changing our minds so eventually he left us with this gem (the first of many). “The whole idea of embarking on a sailing journey is completely crazy so … might as well embrace the insanity and do so on a boat that stirs your soul!”
That she does in spades.