Psssst – Wanna buy a boat?

Today I thought I’d share with y’all a boat listing that is typical of what we like to see in a boat.  Here you go:  http://www.bostonyacht.com/brokerage/main.php?-vessel_basic_info.asp-&vessels_id=72922&curr_id=7

Some of the features of this yacht are:

  • twin diesel engines with < 300 hours on them
  • 80′ – holy cow – that’s about as big as we would want to go.
  • Sleeps 9
  • Move in ready
  • The price is close to budget
  • Espresso maker

    image from http://www.bostonyacht.com

This is a pretty typical arrangement for a Hatteras – which we love.

So, if anyone’s wondering what to get us for Christmas, wonder no more.  We’ve made it easy for you this year 🙂

Delays

We had some disappointing news from our realtor yesterday.  She thinks that our house is over-priced for the market.  She suggested a price reduction of from $30,000 to $50,000.  This is not good news, although hardly surprising.  We haven’t had anyone look at the house since August. 

Now our original plan had been to take the house off of the market when winter arrives – since we can’t show off the yard in the winter – and the yard (we reckon) would be a big part of the charm of our house.

With the news that we should drop the price, we have decided to pull the house off the market early.  After all, we need to be able to get enough money out of the house in order to make a sizable down payment on our boat.  We’ll test the waters again in the spring.

Sigh!

Don’t give up on us completely though – wouldn’t you know it, I received a call from the realtor this morning.  Someone is coming in to look at our house today.  If they only knew how much are hopes are pinned on them 🙂

Also, you can be happy for us because now, we can leave our socks lying crumpled up in a ball on the floor if we so choose.  We’re not likely to do that, but it feels good to have the option.

Happy sailing!

Random Musings

There are alot of details that run through your head (sometimes over and over again), when you start thinking about living on a boat.  Today I thought I’d share a random smattering of these types of thoughts.  If you have any insight, feel free to share.

  • how far south do you have to go before you can jump in the water and go for a swim- keeping in mind that I don’t want to be cold (brrrr)? Where does the water turn that bright blue color? Are there any special considerations when swimming off a boat when you’re not near shore (other than the obvious don’t swim out too far)?  Will sea lions carry me off?
  • where will I park my little boat when I go into shore for work?  Can I just leave it where-ever I want at any public dock – afterall, it’s pretty small.
  • where will I store my car? Could we get a car small enough to keep on the boat? What about scooters? How manageable are they to get on and off the boat?
  • What will it be like to be on the boat in a storm?
  • And what is the deal with the Panama Canal?  Do you just show up there and they let you through?
  • How is the satellite internet out there when you’re travelling? Could I work from the boat while travelling?
  • How much food can we fit in the freezer?
  • How fast do you have to work to tie the boat up when you bring the boat into the dock?  Will I be able to do it? 

Well, you get the idea.  Lots to think about, and I didn’t even mention the thoughts that would make me really look bad.  Ok, just one, because I like you … If I swim in circles around the boat, will I get dizzy?

Seasickness

Seasickness is a form of motion sickness characterized by a feeling of nausea and, in extreme cases, vertigo, experienced after spending time on a craft on water.  It is typically brought on by the rocking motion of the craft. Some people are particularly vulnerable to the condition with minor stimulus, while others are relatively immune, or become immune through exposure. – www.wikipedia.org

Given my lack of experience in the boating world, I often think about whether I will be affected by seasickness, and to what degree that will be.  It’s also a question that comes up often when we mention the grand scheme “Do you suffer from seasickness?”.  A reasonable question.

We once took an overnight cruise in Europe.  I do recall feeling a little queezy as I gingerly tried to walk on the rocking ship.  The seas were a little rough that morning.  It was a big boat, so that probably doesn’t bode well seasickness-wise.

Well, let’s hope I’m one of those that will build up immunity. 

I’ve been reviewing a list of “cures” for seasickness (to be prepared).  Having reviewed the list, I can see that there may be some advantages to seasickness.  One solution, for example is to lie down and close your eyes … “Honey, I can’t help with dinner, I have to lie down and close my eyes – it’s that pesky seasickness again”.  I wonder how long I could get away with that.

Or how about the cure whereby I drink any substance likely to temporarily diminish my sense of sight and touch.  Martinis anyone?

I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out whether I will be affected or not.  (Oooh, suspense)

The Panama Canal

The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal. Public domain U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early

Let me tell you what I know about the Panama Canal. I think it’s in Panama. That’s about it.

Now, you may wonder why I’m thinking about the Panama Canal. Well, you see, there is a particular brand of yacht that “Steve” and I have grown fond of. It’s called a Hatteras. We like it because it seems to be a thoughtful design. It takes advantage of every nook and cranny available, and incorporates little touches that we would actually use. For example, behind the wheelhouse (is that the right term?), there is a “captains” office with a table that folds into a bed and there’s also a desk. Perfect. It’s an extra bed, plus an office in a small space. The prices for these boats (used) seems quite reasonable as well.

The Hatteras Motor Yacht company is located in New Bern, North Carolina (the wrong side of the Panama Canal). What this means is that you find a lot of these boats in Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, etc. and not so many on the westcoast.

You should also know that it’s not practical to transport boats of the size we’re looking for (60-70′) overland.

So, you see where this is going. This leaves us to ponder the possibility of bringing a boat through the Panama Canal.

As time goes on we will learn more about this mysterious canal. I’ll keep you posted!

Why Live on a Boat?

Why live on a boat – this is a reasonable question.  The more people I discuss this with, the more I realize that not everyone wants to live on a boat.  I took it for granted that it’s something everyone wants to do deep down, but for practical reasons, they don’t explore the possibility.  Right up there with living in Paris (wistful sigh).

So why do I want to live on a boat (I’m stalling for time while I come up with an answer).

I don’t remember fantasizing about living on a boat when I was young.  Though I did love the water and enjoyed the limited exposure I had to boating (except that one homemade power boat that my Dad owned for a while.  The bow of that thing would slap up and down against the water to such a degree that I thought I’d get flipped right out into the water).

My first memory of really considering the possiblity was just a couple of years ago, when hubby mentioned that it was a long time dream of this.  For some reason, I just seized on the idea.

But why, why … hmmmm.  OK, the best I can come up with is this.  A live-aboard boat is the solitary venue that will satisfy my wanderlust plus my conflicting desire to have stability in my life –  the stability that comes with living in one place and not having to relocate.

And there’s more… there is a love of the sea.  And a love for the solitary nature of boat life interspersed with the commaraderie that comes from living in a community of like minded boaters.

And no, riding around in a Winnibago close to the ocean just won’t cut it I’m afraid.

That Boating License

As I mentioned  yesterday, one of the items on the to-do list re: staying motivated is to work towards getting my boating operator’s license.  Toward that end, I had a gander at the Boat Smart web page today www.boatsmartexam.com At this site for the low price of $50ish, I can access the course material, practise exams and well as take the exam.  Don’t worry, I’m not trying to sell anything 🙂

I read through the material for the first module:  Boating in Canada, which provides such key information as “what is a capacity plate”, “what legislation covers which illicit boating acts”, etc.  There is a practise quiz at the end of the unit.  I had to go back to the material to look up some of the answers (not a good sign).  Also, I couldn’t find the answer key, so I just have to hope that my answers were correct.  I did re-read the appropriate sections when I was in doubt.

After my first exposure, I suspect this undertaking may take longer than I had initially thought (ie. longer than 2 hours).  I have seven more modules to review – likely more than once to make sure the info. sticks. 

I can take the exam on-line which is good, however I need to ask some sucker nice person to sign up as my supervisor to watch me and verify that I’m not cheating.  That’ll give me some added pressure to pass the first time.  I need to get 75% to pass.

I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes.