You have all been very patient with us as we go about this whole boat-buying thing in secrecy. I know we have been incredibly transparent in this blog, but when it comes to this new boat - we feel we'd rather just keep the information to ourselves until everything is said and done. There's a long road ahead yet, and at this point - anything can happen. There is so much I want to tell you because, quite frankly, writing it all out can help me figure things out, but we'll just have to wait.
Anyway - as most of you who follow our Facebook Page know, we are under contract with our "potential" new boat. I say "potential" because until we accept the boat after the sea trial and marine survey, the boat is in limbo. There are so many things to consider and, if nothing else, we have learned that boat buying is HARD the second time around!! This particular boat we are considering has several aspects that are not ideal (or should I say unfamiliar?) to us and we won't know where we really stand on these things until we sail her. It's actually been pretty eye-opening and we are learning with absolute certainty that there truly is no such thing as the "perfect" boat. No matter what, there will always be a trade-off.
Scott and I head down south again tonight. Our sea trial is tomorrow and the marine survey will be conducted on Friday. Because we have our reservations, we have been very adamant on doing the sea trial before the survey. As I have mentioned before, a marine survey is not cheap - in fact, when it's all said and done we'll spend about $3,000 on the survey alone (the potential buyer pays for the haul out fee, the survey, and any yard fees amassed). If we don't like the way the boat sails, however, the deal will be off. Sailing before the survey will help make sure we spend the survey money wisely. We are also spending extra money to conduct a thorough engine survey as well as an independent rigging survey (both separate from the marine survey) because we want to make sure we cover ALL our bases. Again, this is costing us a lot of money - but the idea is that, in the end, it will be well worth it.
We'll let you know how we fare!
Brittany, Scott & Isla