|You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.|
A few months ago, Scott put an ad in All at Sea Magazine (free of charge) stating that we were looking for a Hallberg-Rassy 42 or similar. We were contacted by the owners of the Amel Maramu 46 and, despite not having considered that make and model previously, after some initial research we decided to take a closer look. In a word - the boat, make and model is fantastic and would definitely afford Scott, Isla and me the space that we crave with a few added perks (like refrigeration and total roller-furling sail set up, including the main). There is, however, no such thing as a "turn key" boat and this particular vessel - while in great shape - would still need some tweaking and upgrading to rise up to the standards that we have grown accustomed to. New sails are in order, the SSB would need to be configured to send and receive, we would want to install a chart-plotter and there were some cosmetic issues that would need to be addressed. All of these things require time and money. Not to mention, we would be the owners of two boats - one that might potentially take a while to sell. All of these things had to be considered when it came to offering a price.
They say the very first rule in boat buying is not to fall in love. When it comes to purchasing a boat, love is not blind - but blinds. Love can force a buyer to make a rushed, rash decision that they might later regret, it can cause a buyer to overlook issues that a more discerning eye might catch and it can close the door on lots of other great options. Just as one person's trash can be another's treasure - when it comes to boat buying, a boat's worth is totally subjective. I will not get into the specifics of cost and what not because, to be honest, it is nobody's business but our own. We put in what we believed to be a very fair offer on the Amel (about 90% of the asking price) - knowing that it could be a great boat for our family. However, what we believe the boat is worth (given the economy, the money we'd need to invest in her and our situation) is not synonymous with what the seller believes she is worth (based on their investment and their situation). We completely respect the sellers (who have been more than accommodating during this process) decision to turn down our offer - their reasons for doing so are just as legitimate as our reasons for not accepting their counter offer. Like I said, this boat could be great for our family. It is not "the" perfect boat for us. While there is no "perfect" boat, there is a "perfect" boat at the right price in the right situation. This particular situation, and therefore boat, is not ours - and that is okay. So we're folding our hand and choosing to walk away.
We've got a pretty great boat waiting for us in Trinidad...but we'll keep a keen eye out for our next "home". After all, there are more ships in the sea!!
Brittany & Scott