They say the two happiest day's in a boat owners life are the day he buys his boat, and the day he sells it. While I can confirm this is pretty accurate, the latter is bittersweet. It is the closing of a door, but the type that allows for another to be opened. It is a relief, for sure, to no longer own two boats. It is wonderful to have Rasmus off our heaping plate of "things to think about" (and pay for!). It is sad, however, to officially say goodbye to her; the boat that, literally, set sail to our dreams.
I will be posting more on the details of the selling process; how we did it, what we did wrong and what we'll do differently when we do it again, but the bottom line is: She is sold. She has a new wide-eyed and excited owner who I am pretty certain will take as good care of her as we did, and who will benefit greatly from the same patience, strength and tenacity with which she taught us.
Scott and I consider ourselves very lucky to have sold her so fast in this market (in Trinidad no less!). The very day we announced she was for sale, a blog follower reached out and we have been in negotiations with him ever since. The entire process had some ups and downs, but the deal was finalized yesterday. That is under 50 days if you're counting. Not too shabby.
While officially we worked without a broker - we absolutely could not have sold her without the guidance, support and expertise of our good friend and veteran boat broker Allen Schiller. If ever you are in the market for a broker (whether buying or selling), this is your guy. He won't work for free for you like he did for us, but he'll work as hard and with as much heart. This deal would NOT have happened without him, that I know for sure. So Allen, I know you are reading: We owe you BIG TIME buddy!! Thank you, from the bottom of our bilge...
If there was ever a question about what Scott and I can accomplish, let's just consider what we have done in the last five months: decided to buy a bigger boat, made three big trips to Florida and South Carolina to look a boats, bought a new boat in Florida, put our old boat on the market in Trinidad, removed all our stuff from her, shipped it all to Florida and sold her. Oh yeah, and we had a super awesome little baby girl. We make things happen.
In other news, it looks like Scott, Isla and I will be road tripping down to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in about two weeks to officially move aboard Asante and begin our new life on her. We have no idea how long we'll be there (or if we'll make it, we'll be driving a 20 year old Ford Explorer!), but it feels good to be moving forward and beginning a new chapter...
Fair winds and following seas, Rasmus. We'll miss you!
Brittany, Scott & Isla