Thursday, August 17, 2017
I keep getting tempted
Every time I think I have a plan for the winter and things sorted out, something comes along to tempt me.
Not that long ago I let a good deal go on an Oday 27. The boat was the guy's pride and joy. He did a lot of upgrades to the boat. Age caught up to him, his wife passed, and the boat had to go. At the last minute I decided not to go look at it.
Other people were interested. Then the boat disappeared from Craigslist. It was so far below market value that I was not surprised. Then out of nowhere I see the boat's been listed again. A recent photo shows that the boat's been cleaned up. The minor repairs have been done and the price is still low. The boat has to move before the end of the New England sailing season.
Okay, but there were serious considerations for not getting a bigger boat this year. One of them was that we'd have to leave early to get south in time to beat the cold weather. Another was that I wanted to go back to places where shallow draft is necessary. Then I look at the crap in the news and think it might be nice to take a boat and leave the country for a while. It's getting ugly.
Just to make things interesting, the same day I was informed about a sailboat for sale just down the road from me. This one is bigger than mine and is on a good trailer. My van could easily tow it. If the price sounds like it's in my budget, I'm very tempted to look at it. After all, it's just down the road.
Boats are an addiction. Maybe I should take up heavy drinking instead.