Remember When “Dusty Rose” was in?

We liked this once !?!
It would have been about a decade after Harvest Gold and shag carpeting. You remember if you’re my age. I wonder which colors we like today that future generations will think are hideous.

Hubby and I went to look at a boat a few weeks ago. It was built in the eighties, so, you guessed it … dusty rose throughout. I mean carpets, curtains … anything fabric was pink. But, if you could look past the pinkness of it, the boat had good bones. We thought it had potential.

The day we went was blustery cold, brrr. I kept going back to the galley to stand by the space heater while hubby exchanged boating anecdotes with the boat broker. Fun times!

I will admit that we were just kicking tires this time. We’re not in a position to buy a boat just yet. One day it will happen. This particular boat would have required some remodelling, which would have placed it out of our price range anyway.

It was nice though, just to be able to walk around a boat and “pretend”.

That Boat we Bought

The one that got away

Aha – got your attention!

Well, to be fair, I guess the title should read “That Boat we Almost Bought”.

I thought today, I would regale you with the story of the boat that we almost bought about a year ago.  The story goes like this …

We stopped by the Boat Broker’s office when we were on Vancouver Island, Thanksgiving before last.  We just wanted to get the lay of the land, see what was available boat-wise on the market. 

We were actually on the lookout for an old fishing boat that we could refurbish and live on.  After a brief conversation with our boat expert, we learned that a fishing boat may not be the way to go.  You see, fishing boats are designed to have holds full of fish, and a refurbished one wouldn’t be that stable without a lot of ballast in the hold.  We didn’t want to put ballast in the hold, we wanted to put beds there.  Hmmm, maybe lead beds would work.  Anyway, I digress….

So, onto plan B, a motor yacht, and our broker friend just happens to have his eye on a beauty.  The price is reasonable, and what do we think?  Well, we look at it on-line, and we like it! It’s an older boat, to be sure, but it has everything we need and abundant cabin space.  We return home, and ponder for awhile, then book another trip to the coast to have a look at her.

She’s also impressive in person, sitting larger than life in the water.  Her owner takes us for a short cruise and we are in love. Having been reassured by the salesman not to worry about the fact that we still haven’t sold our house … there are ways of making these things work out.  We pressed on and made an offer – which was accepted.  Yay!

Now, since you know we don’t own a boat, you know that something must have gone wrong.  Yes, you’re right.  Two things really.  First of all, our house still hadn’t sold, and it turns out that the salesman’s re-assurances were just that, reassurances – there wasn’t a grand scheme to help us own both a boat and a house at the same time.  Imagine that.  In hindsight, duh!

The second issue, and ultimately our saving grace was that the boat appraisal we had done returned some pretty dismal results.  There was a de-lamination issue with the boat that could cost us upwards of $100,000 – yikes!

Well, we took that opportunity to bail (get it, bail), and got out of Dodge.  We were a little sad – it was a great boat and the owners really made a positive impression on us.  I suspect, if our house had sold, we would have made that particular deal work somehow.

But, now we’re on to bigger and better things!

Just a side note about the delay in buying ourselves a boat.  When winter arrived, and we went to shovel for the first time, we couldn’t find our snow shovel.  We had sold it in a garage sale last spring!  Also, I still can’t find my winter boots.  I think I may have thrown them away.  I guess the lesson here is sometimes we optimists get burned 🙂 But now I get to buy a new pair if winter boots – so not really – yay!

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!