Welcome back everyone. Even though we haven't posted in awhile Lisa and I have been busy getting everything in order to set sail around the world in just a couple months. As I write this we only have eight weeks before we are scheduled to leave Oriental and get ready to sail to Florida. Seven months later we will be starting our around the world trip.
The time seems to go by faster and faster as we approach our departure date. It's kind of funny, we've been planning this trip for so long, and it always seemed we had time to do this or that "tomorrow". Now that it's here we're spending every moment we can, either at the boat working on some project large or small or getting our affairs in order. You spend 40 years living life one way, and then try to get all your accounts, taxes, wills, insurance, banking, family, life, and everything else set up for a completely different way of life. It takes a lot of effort and it's frustrating because there is always something you forget about to come back and bite you. I know we'll be fine when the time comes, but you can't help but try to get everything aligned and ready for the big trip.
As promised, we are officially starting our Season One! We will be publishing a video the first 4 Saturdays every month from March through December every year we're out sailing around. That's 40 videos a year!! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out. We are doing Cruising Lifestyle videos, Maintenance Videos, Product Reviews, and we have a new segment, Lisa's Ladle. Lisa is teaching herself how to cook aboard with all the challenges that come along with provisioning around the world and cooking in a boat galley. Follow along, get some ideas and help Lisa learn how to make great food from around the world. We will start keeping our FB and Instagram a little more updated. We have a Patreon site, and PayPal link if you like what we're doing and want to contribute to our video production. Check out our Zazzle storefront to get all your Unwritten Timeline gear. We will also be making more posts on our blog to keep everyone informed on what we're up to and where we're heading.
Our monthly expenses will still be kept up to date here as well. That way any aspiring cruisers can come check out our Costs of Sailing to try and get an estimate of what it costs to sail around the world. Trying to figure out how much this would cost us when we were still dreaming was a big unknown, so this way maybe we can help a few people decide to make the plunge.
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Is it cost effective to own your first "learner" boat?
This year marked a couple milestones for the crew of Unwritten Timeline. We sold everything we own, started a business, completed our ASA 114 course, and purchased a 42' Antares catamaran that will be our floating home for at least the next 10 years. We have spent a lot of money this year because of all of these events and it shows if you just look at the raw numbers. $241,598.02 is a lot to spend on sailing for a year in anyone's book. Now, a lot of that was the down payment on Unwritten Timeline and that came from the sale of our homes. We also made a few bucks from selling all our stuff.
Starjewel is for sale and we will hopefully get some money from that. We will be free of the insurance, docking, and maintenance on her. Since we were planning on living on Starjewel for up to a year we were putting a lot more work into her than most Hunter owners. We won't be able to reap those rewards since you never get back what you put into a boat, but we did learn a lot about how to do maintenance, sail, manage documentation, provision, and so much more that will help us out in the long run.
Starjewel cost us $15,370.62 in total for 2017. Divided by 12 months gets us $1,280.89. That's not too bad for renting a boat all year long.
Unwritten Timeline was racking up the numbers though. A whopping $226,227.40 was spent on her in 2017, and we only owned her for 2 months!
Check out the breakdown and let us know what you think. You can see each month's spending here. Is owning your first "learner" boat better or should you spend the money on chartering someone else's boat?
$1,864.47 - Unwritten Timeline
$2,800.00 - Starjewel
$0.00 - Unwritten Timeline
$24.56 - Starjewel
Maintenance: $2,855.54 Total
$2,139.82 - Unwritten Timeline
$715.72 - Starjewel
Boat INS: $4,264.00
$2,901.00 - Unwritten Timeline
$1,363.00 - Starjewel
Boat Loan: $5,834.85
$1,076.13 - Unwritten Timeline
$4,758.72 - Starjewel
$77.67 - Unwritten Timeline
$381.13 - Starjewel
$218,168.31 - Unwritten Timeline *$213,000.00 downpayment
$5,327.49 - Starjewel
The place is Deltaville, VA; this is the current "temporary home" for Yolo.
The destination is Oriental Harbor Marina in Oriental, North Carolina.
The delivery date is Monday, 13 November 2017, our 19 year wedding anniversary!
The hard deadline is Tues, 14 November 2017, back to work at our "real Jobs"…Boohoo.
Dolphins! YESssss, we had at least 50 dolphins swimming at the bow!!! Wickedly awesome!!!!!
David arrived in Deltaville on Wed, 8 Nov to complete last minute survey items and the boat ready for her voyage to Oriental
Friday afternoon, I finally arrive in Deltaville after a long night of "sleeping", yea, right, I'm sailing my dream boat home tomorrow, who can sleep….way too excited. I can't believe the day is finally here. After taking the longest ever 1 hour UBER ride to get to our retirement home, I find out we aren't sailing her today, we have to wait until tomorrow to pull the dock lines. What?!?! Stupid wind, tides, currents and whatever…our best weather window would be the next day. Ugh. I pulled myself together after the heart wrenching news and David gave me a tour of our beautiful vessel. Next order of business was to stow my things and take a tour of the marina (restroom run).
That night while having dinner we watched YouTube of other sailing comrades. Off to bed early, we had a big day ahead of us.
We started the day with a warm bowl of oatmeal while checking the weather and discussing our plan on how to leave the dock. The current was pushing Yolos port towards the dock with some help from the wind. The marina was curvy and shallow all around; this was going to be a tricky getaway. David pulled the lines, I started to back down while David held the spring line to turn the bow starboard. Once the bow was pointing away from the dock I pushed the throttles forward but the wind, current and me not holding the wheel completely straight pushed us right back in to the dock. Captain Dave took over at the helm and safely got us out with some quick maneuvering. So, remember to hold the wheel straight when driving a catamaran with the throttles. Whew, finally we are on our way. Navigating the Chesapeake Bay was definitely doable. On this day we were the only boat for miles.
We set our sails on a port tack, hit the auto pilot and started cruising towards the Atlantic Ocean averaging about 6-7 knots.
Our first meal on passage was salami and cheese sandwiches, no bread, with chips for lunch and dinner was a warm plate of spaghetti. Cooking on Yolo is so different than cooking on Starjewel. The main difference is that I have so much more room on Yolo AND the multihull design makes the sail steadier and less rolly.
After sailing several hours the port engine started to die off. I think it may have done this 2-3 times before David decided to change the fuel filter while underway. He was thrilled to say the least.
Night watches came early since there is only about 9 hours of daylight. Our plan was to switch every two hours, David took the first watch. I had a difficult time falling asleep and once I did I did not want to wake up, David being the gentleman he is, gave me an extra hour of sleep. I wanted to return the favor so I gave him 3-4 hours of sleep time. I think we averaged around 3 hour shifts. The sunrise the next morning was so incredible with the air smelling like fresh morning dew. We were having the best sail ever. The auto pilot was working like a champ. I was answering my phone, my son was calling and then it happened…I saw a dolphin jump as I looked out our panoramic windows in the salon. I started yelling "Dolphins! There are Dolphins! Oh my goodness, there are DOLPHINS!" There were so many playing, jumping and brilliantly swimming with Yolo! I saw a mama and baby dolphin swimming in tandem, IT WAS AMAZING. I couldn't speak other than to say, "there are dolphins"! I can't wait for this to be my life…a full time live aboard cruiser. We stayed 6-15 miles off shore so we didn't have to worry about much. Not too many boats, no crab pots, or much traffic. It was a nice way to do a first cruise in a new to us boat.
Our only stop was to anchor at Cape Lookout. We were hoping to be there before dark, almost made it…not. However, we have anchored there a few other times and we used our chart plotter to navigate the way. Dropped the hook on the first try, it was so easy. Settled in for the night for us both to get some well deserved sleep.
The next morning I awoke to the most gorgeous sunrise I have ever seen with my own two eyes. This was our anniversary wakeup call and Leonardo could not have painted a better one than this. Truly breathtaking, I wish I had the words to describe the beauty…mere words would not do it justice. Even pictures did not capture the full intensity of the sky. Happy anniversary to us…thank you Lord.
With the engines revving we pulled anchor and started motoring our way to the ICW. The motor from Cape Lookout was about a seven hour adventure; slowly we made our way down the channel into the Neuse River. The catamaran slip we have in Oriental Harbor is on the end and we slipped Yolo into her just right. We did have help from Dock master Mark, very grateful he was there to lend a helping hand.
Aaaah, at home, and now the "real work" begins getting her outfitted and upgraded for our circumnavigation.
Be sure to check out our video of the delivery cruise here.
Sound the bells and ring the chimes! We have finally closed on our retirement boat. Now we are really getting our retirement plans into gear. We have been negotiating for the purchase of YOLO since it was first listed on YachtWorld way back in the beginning of September. The process to purchase Starjewel lasted about one week from selection through survey to ownership, so this purchase was a little surprising. I’m not quite sure if this is the standard but hopefully it’s somewhere in the middle of the two.
So about our new home, we now own a 2003 Antares 42. This boat was built in Canada before Antares moved to their current location in San Fernando, Argentina. We have always admired the Antares catamarans and they were at the top of our list. However, when we got closer to retiring we quickly realized that a million dollar boat was just a bit out of our budget. We started looking at a new Fountaine Pajot, or other used boats like Privlege. None of the other boats really had what we were looking for to accomplish our long-term sailing goals. Then YOLO came available on YachtWorld, and she was only one state away. It was as though it was meant to be.
We were already pre-approved for the loan from Intercoastal Financial Group, LLC and had an insurance quote from Strickland Marine Insurance Agency, Inc for YOLO. The last couple days before closing were still relatively hectic. We were unable to test a few systems on the boat during the survey so I headed up a couple days before closing to ensure they were in working order. After a quick demonstration I called the bank to release the funding, secured the Certificate of Insurance, and finalized our slip in Oriental Harbor Marina.
Lisa couldn’t get off work early so she flew up the first thing Friday morning to Richmond, VA. I turned in the rental car and we jumped in an Uber to Deltaville, VA. It was an exciting drive as we were on our way to set foot on OUR retirement boat for the first time. We had obviously been on YOLO before, but now she was officially ours. The first day aboard we got settled in and started snooping around to get ourselves familiar with how everything works. First thing the next morning we would be setting off for a two day off-shore passage filled with dolphins and night watches. However, that is a story for next time.
We have finally reached Survey Day! In August of 2017, we decided on purchasing a used catamaran instead of new. Since then we have been scouring YachtWorld and many other online sites to find our retirement home. Our broker Will Miller from The Multihull Company has been working with us to find our "perfect" boat.
The used boat buying process is very cumbersome especially if you have a high standard for boat condition. Most seller's subjective assessments of their boats are wildly inaccurate. Just since August Lisa and I have looked at over 100 boats online, considered about 25 of those, and actually looked at 7 in-person. We drove up and down the East Coast from Maryland to Florida. Every single one of the 7 boats we visited were either listed as "very well maintained" or "immaculately maintained". Five of those boats were nowhere close to that. I would judge them as barely maintained. They were floating, yes, so I guess that says something. One of the boats we drove 20 hours round trip to see was in a sad dilapidated state. I would have been embarrassed to even list that boat as anything close to immaculately maintained. Lisa and I had to chuckle out loud because the owner actually posted signs stating that his boat was "immaculately maintained" and worked "perfect" so DO NOT turn anything on or touch anything. Only two of the seven prospects were maintained to our standard to even consider purchasing.
It is a struggle for a prospective boat owner to sort through all the listings with pictures from 10 years ago, and no subjective assessment of the condition until you spend time and money to drive who knows how far to see it. Then if you decide to actually take it to the next step, you're in $1000 for a survey to only find out that the boat is barely staying afloat. All of this is of course on an "immaculately maintained" listed boat. We were even considering flying to Spain to look at another potential floating home before we finally had an accepted offer for YOLO, our soon to be retirement boat.
Now about YOLO. We made an offer on YOLO as soon as the listing came open. It is a 42' PDQ/Antares. This builder has been our gold standard for catamarans since we first started looking. We have been following them for about 10 years and were hooked when we first saw the "Barefeet" videos. While YOLO has a few years on her we couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a look. Lisa and I stopped by on our way to Cincinnati over Labor Day weekend. After just looking at the outside in person and the current online photos we made an offer. The sellers, being the shrewd owners they are, decided to reject us until the Annapolis Boat Show was complete in October. They were hoping for a higher offer to come in while Lisa and I were hoping for the opposite. Luckily for us, after the show was over we were able to come to an agreed price. Lisa and I drove 4 hours up to Deltaville, VA for the survey. Our Surveyor, Mike Grame from True Blue Marine, was fantastic. He showed up and got right to work. Since YOLO was already on the hard he started tapping the hull looking for delaminating fiberglass and wet spots. Everything was good except a small wet spot on the port rudder. We had to wait for the travel lift to put the boat in the water so he continued going through all the systems he could while the boat was on the hard. Once in the water the engines were ran up and we had a short sail around the bay.
Jason and Karen have been living aboard YOLO for the past decade and it shows. They have a smooth rhythm sailing the 42' cat around that can only be attained through years of experience. The sails, lines, and rigging all seem to be as well kept as the rest of the boat. When Mike has his list all checked off, we turn back towards Stingray Point Marina. Mike ran the list of deficiencies by us. There were a few things of note that will need to be repaired or replaced soon after we take ownership, but no deal breakers. We'll wait for the official survey report so we can forward that to our banker and insurance agent, get everything lined up and be sailing YOLO south towards Oriental by our 19th wedding anniversary.
It was great meeting the owners Jason and Karen and to hear how they have kept the boat going through 88 different countries on their circumnavigation. Hopefully Lisa and I will keep YOLO going for at least another 10 years if not longer.
OK, we do still have a place to sleep. But, we've finally gotten rid of our houses in Colorado and Washington State. The Washington house fortunately sold quickly. We had an accepted offer within three days. The closing went off without a hitch and we were excited to have some of our boat deposit in our hot little hands. And then, came time to sell our Colorado house. This was not fast, or even smooth. It took a few weeks to receive an acceptable offer. Then the closing was delayed several times. Nothing was easy. But, it's finally done! Now we no longer have to deal with any of the hassles of owning rental property remotely. No more calls about tall grass, HOA dues, or yearly taxes. There is a weight lifted off our shoulders and we can relax a little. You never know how the sale of a large asset like a home will go until it's all done. We have owned 4 homes over our lives, so this is not the first time we've done something like this. It is however, the first time we were doing a couple at once. At the same time we're selling two homes we're selling all our possessions, moving into a small apartment, looking for our retirement boat, traveling for work, and still getting to Starjewel when we can squeeze in some time to take her for a sail. Needless to say, it's a busy time for the crew of Unwritten Timeline. It will all be worth it in a few short months.
Now we have a nice hefty deposit for our future retirement boat. Whatever boat that turns out to be.
While the most exciting thing recently has been Lisa's first solo sail we have been pretty busy outside of that. Since we have been neglecting our blog due to being so busy we're going to try and catch up a little bit.
The weekend before the Fall Annapolis boat show Lisa and I chartered a 2016 Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40. You can see our review of that boat here. We originally wanted to charter this boat, as we were planning to have one built for us. However, that didn't work out as planned. The dealer didn't want to work with us on the cost of the additional items. The thought of purchasing a brand new boat only to do months worth of upgrades on our own kind of negated the point of buying new. So instead of paying two to three times the retail cost for equipment we decided to go the used boat route. The used boat purchase is an entire blog entry itself, so we'll save that for another day. Needless to say, it's not easy to find the right boat at the right time with the right price.
After we returned the Lucia we had a few days to fill around the Annapolis area. Since this was our third or fourth Annapolis Sail Boat show we wanted to get out a little bit and see a little history. We took one full day to see the Washington D.C. area. We parked near the Jefferson Memorial and had about an eight mile walk around the National Mall. We saw; the Smithsonian, the Capital building, the White House, the Washington Memorial, the War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, and the FDR Memorial. We didn't take the time to visit inside any of them unfortunately but walking by them all made for a nice day out, and we got in some great exercise. After walking around in the DC heat for a few hours we drove back into Annapolis for the night.
The next day we made our way back through the DC traffic and over to Arlington National Cemetery. Being in the military, this is a special place to me. Not just because of the amazing patriots that are laid to rest, but with the actual history of how Arlington became a National Cemetery. With all the horrors of the Civil War this great memorial, to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, was one of the many good things to come out of the Civil War. If you are able to visit Arlington be sure to go to Arlington House and learn about the original owner of this land. We visited the John F. Kennedy eternal flame, Arlington House Memorial, and a stopped by Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Anyone who is in the DC area should stop by Arlington National Cemetery.
After departing Arlington we decided to carry on our military history day. We drove to Gettysburg National Park. We watched the movie; A New Birth of Freedom narrated by Morgan Freeman and visited the Cyclorama painting. The Cyclorama is longer than a football field and they use this painting with lights and sounds to bring the battlefield to life. When we were finished with the indoor tours we drove ourselves around the battlefield for the self guided auto tour. The auto tour spans 26 miles and is completely free to tour the entire battlefield. They suggest at least 2 hours to complete the tour, but if you want to see all the battlefields and memorials along the trail an entire day could easily be dedicated. There is a memorial to one of the units that fought during that hot July in 1863 nearly every 50 feet. Many stories of valor, courage, and grit can be told about the participants in Gettysburg. Fittingly, the auto tour ends with the Soldier's National Cemetery and the place where President Lincoln had his famous Gettysburg Address.
After a couple days of walking through America's history it was the day of the Annapolis Boat show. Since we are almost pros at this show, we can say that Thursday is the best day to visit the Fall show. Lisa and I were hoping to already have our boat picked out. This show visit was supposed to be all about picking out our electronics, or dingy, or sails, or whatever we needed to put on our new boat. Unfortunately we still don't have our retirement boat so this makes picking things out for the boat a little difficult. We only walked aboard a couple boats this year since we wouldn't be purchasing any of them. I'll admit to being a little morose about being at this show without a boat to fix up. I'm sure I'll cheer up when we finally have our retirement boat.
Today is Sunday, a day of rest and reflection of the past week or the one you are about to begin. For me, it is the week I just had, or dare I say day? Yesterday, I ventured on my first solo sail. And I must say it was amazing. Did I do everything right? Absolutely not, but I went and had the time of my life.
The process began on Friday at work. All day I was thinking I need to go on a solo sail, I want to go on a solo sail, I have to go on a solo sail. I have had this thought in the past but the couple times I was alone on the boat Mother Nature did not cooperate. I thought for me to do this thing I need the marina water to be as placid as glass and no wind. You heard it here first folks…a sailor praying for no wind. I just needed no wind or current so I could gently slide Starjewel out of the slip unscathed. I also knew the tricky part was going to be getting Starjewel back into her watery home without rubbing either side of her or smashing the bow.
Ok, I have a thought…solo sail, now to make it happen. I actually made it through work without saying anything about my big secret. Well, if you don’t count telling Durla and Xenia that I may have a story to tell on Monday. Other than that, I kept it hush hush. I didn’t even say anything to Dave. Just in case it did not happen or I crashed and burned.
So, we got off work 15 minutes early, woohoo, I love that! But my car wasn’t driving fast enough for me. It seemed as though I was moving in slow motion. As soon as I got home it was time to walk the dog, pack some food in the cooler, load the truck and off on my 3 hour journey with Sophia in tow. We arrived sometime around 9 PM, I drove straight there, no stops and YES the car was in slow mo again. Why is that?! Anyway, unloaded the truck while Sophia was free from the leash running around and exploring all the new smells. By the time we were settled in, it was definitely bedtime and we had a big day tomorrow…well hopefully a big day.
Saturday morning starts with the usual routine. Walk the dog, eat breakfast and check the weather. Hurricane season has really hit the Caribbean hard this year. Since Starjewel is on the east coast in Oriental, North Carolina some of the affects of the storms have been felt at Pecan Grove Marina. The weather pattern has changed slightly since we have been sailing there the last 2 years. The Neuse River current has been choppier with strong under currents. When we first started sailing the river the water would be pretty calm especially compared to now.
I check the water, its glass. I check the flag, no movement. I think we are a go my friends! I untie all the lines the engine is idling in neutral and Starjewel is gently humming. I look both ways, nothing coming in or out and slowly reverse out of the slip. Success, I made it without even a slight bump or tap! Once out of the protected marina and on the Neuse River the winds picked up quite a bit. I was seeing anywhere from 8 knots to 15 knots of wind. And the water, holy smokes it was wavy and choppy and all kinds of undercurrent. I got out in the middle and started to put the bimini back on, it was a bright sunny day with a high of 85 degrees. Poor Sophia was feeling every bit of the sun since we didn’t have any shade and she is a solid black dog.
Autopilot on, check. Bimini on, check. Now it was time to throw up some sails. David usually does this part, raising the sails, trimming the sails, I drive the boat. I try to raise the main, and the darn autopilot was not able to keep the boat into the wind with the current and wind pushing us towards land. It’s definitely a different feel watching the chart plotter and depth and sails and lines and the dog, is she still on board, yep there she is. Not able to raise the main, ok lets try the Jib. No luck, quick call to David and I remember on our boat you do not raise the main with the main halyard and you do not raise the jib with the jib halyard. Those sheets are only used when you initially raise the respective sails. These things are easy to remember when you're not alone and unafraid on your first solo sail. Aha triumph, I unfurled the jib and sailed up and down the river like I was the cat that ate the canary.
I knew I was driving home the same day so after a few hours of pure joy it was time to figure out how to get Starjewel safely into her slip. My plan was to try and lock the wheel with the auto pilot, glide in neutral and jump off and the tie the spring line as quickly as possible. Here I come snaking through the channel to Pecan Grove, we are in the front our slip, and the river is coming into the marina which means I will be pushed starboard to the dock. I’m making my plan eyeballing the dock and see someone standing in my slip, it’s Ryan! He sees me coming in solo and comes over to grab me…too late I’m being pushed too far starboard and I abort the turn. I go into the marina to do a U-turn. Great, I very rarely make the docking from this angle. I initially have to rev forward to go against the current, once 2 slips away I go into neutral, start my turn, holy crap it’s looking good! I go gliding straight in with giving only a little reverse, Ryan grabbed the dock lines and tied me off. Whew, I made it! Holy Smokes that was freaking awesome! How do people not LOVE THIS! How am I supposed to go back to work after this kind day?!? And I love my job, but not like I love sailing.
Now, it was time to shut her down and close her up. Next weekend David and I are going to the Annapolis Boat show, hopefully to put in offers on a couple catamarans, the retirement boat. I’m ready to start this retirement thing and really get this adventure started.
The next morning Will met us at 9am to sign our Charter paperwork given that we were going to take the boat out for an extra day of sailing the Charleston Bay. Will remained on board while we moved the boat from its slip to the outside face dock. This way it would be easier for us two novices to dodge the array of boats within the labyrinth of slips. Will jumped off and Lisa and I were large and in charge of a 44' catamaran for the first time. Since sailing is sailing, we decided to get in some more docking practice. We took about 10 turns at the dock, trying to perfect pulling a large boat to the dock close enough to step off, but far enough to not destroy the transom. Needless to say some approaches were better than others. Lisa gave the phrase "coming in hot" a run for its money. But in the end we both had several successful docking attempts.
Once we mastered our docking skills we set off for a little sailing. We departed against the current with a 15kt wind off our port side moving us over the ground at around 6 kts. Before long we started running out of water and needed to tack. Since a catamaran takes a little wider angle to tack, we transitioned through about 110 degrees and were racing with the current. The winds didn't really change, but our ground speed jumped to 10 kts and higher. The motion of the catamaran is different than a monohull and some people don't care for it. However, Lisa and I sure do appreciate the ability to make lunch without losing all the cookware at 10 kts. Not being heeled over 20 degrees has its advantages.
We returned to the marina, practiced docking a couple more times then Will met us to take the boat back to her slip. After we secured "Dream Cat" we jumped in the car and headed to downtown Charleston to celebrate my birthday. Future cat plans may have been the "big" topic of discussion.
I received the contract for a brand new FP 40 Lucia and was negotiating the add-ons while I was on my last trip to Slovakia. I wanted to wait to sign until I returned from the ASA 114 course. Well the best laid plans never survive first contact and buying a boat is no exception. Will offered up a nice FP Lavezzi that happened to be priced really well and was in a marina right in Charleston. The three of us drove over to take a look. It was a nice boat and the price was such that Lisa and I could almost pay cash for it. That is a very good selling point for a boat. However, we also found a Broadblue 435ST for sale in Oriental that same weekend. We have liked the Broadblue cruising catamarans ever since we started looking. When the company moved away from cruising cats to their performance models we gave up purchasing one. The used Broadblues are rare, like Antares, and they stopped making new ones in the 40+ range. But here was one for sale, literally 5 miles from where we keep Starjewel. We had to check it out. Early Sunday we jumped in the car and drove to Oriental. We drove past our apartment in Fayetteville to go to Oriental. All together Sunday was 9 hours in the car to look at a boat for 1 hour. Ahhhh, boat buying. You have to love it, if you don't you will drive yourself crazy looking.
But wait there's more.... We consider Antares to be the gold standard for 40' liveaboard catamarans. If we had a million dollars lying around we would have the factory build us one, no questions asked. So as I'm doing my check of Facebook what do I find? An Antares for sale a mere 4 hours away from our Apartment. Well, it's kind of an Antares. It's a PDQ 42'. PDQ was Antares before they were Antares. It's almost the same boat, just 2' shorter at the transom. It is a 2003 model so it's quite a bit older, as boats go, but it's also listed for $410,000 (within the boat budget, of course). Every other Anatares I've ever seen for sale is $750k or higher. For boats 5 years old. These things hold their value.
So as of this writing Lisa and I are in a conundrum. Do we get the; 2007 FP Lavezzi that we can almost buy outright, the 2010 BB 435 that is a great find, or the 2003 Antares that is the oldest, but best original quality? The new FP Lucia is off the table right now with these 3 boats on our mind.
We've started getting insurance quotes and trying to secure financing. Our Washington house has sold and we have an accepted offer on the Colorado house so we should have plenty for a down payment and make our mortgage reasonable.
Decisions, decisions. I can't wait to see what we end up with.
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