Boat Shopping Update
November 27, 2013
This boat buying business is tough and time consuming. We ended up in a bidding war with another party on the Brewer 44 in San Diego and WE lost. The counter offers quickly shot up above our budget and we just couldn’t see the sense in spending as much as she ended up going for. She was going to need a considerable amount of work (work = $$$), such as: new windlass, new salon upholstery, new canvas for dodger, and here is a BIG one, NEW standing rigging.
To the non-sailor type, standing rigging is basically all the important steel cables and fittings that are keeping your mast safely up in the air. At times, especially in bad weather, there are tremendous forces exerted on the mast and associated components.There could be an easy 20K price tag for all of the items mentioned above. So that boat goes to survey and sea trail today and we hope it goes well for the prospective buyers. But here is an important rule to remember, just like there are more fish in the sea…there are lots more boats in the ocean as well. We looked at a few boats in Mazatlan during vacation. I think Courtney will be posting the info on that very soon. I have travel plans to look at two more B44’s in the next few weeks.
On the downsizing front, I spent all day Monday ridding myself of many things in the garage that I have been carting around for far too long. It was very liberating to thin out my worldly belongings once again. I also have multiple items for sale on CL and eBay! It is a little overwhelming to think that we need to be rid of nearly all this junk by the end of May, as that is when we now plan to have the house sold and vacated.
Other than that, I am on the road/in the air, right now. Turkey day is tomorrow and I will be home in the afternoon for that, which will be quite nice. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!