Are we there yet? Closing on our boat…

We’re scheduled to close on our new-to-us sailboat a week from today. That’s exciting and intimidating! Tick-tock…

We must finalize our insurance by Friday, or delay the closing. We need to finalize where she will be slipped until we get to Florida next month. What survey-list repairs must be done in Florida? Which are best postponed until we sail her to Maryland? Will the weather be good enough to make part of our journey offshore? We’ve never sailed overnight, and our boat will still be “new” to us…put that one in the intimidating column. But we will have an experienced delivery skipper onboard with us, so yay, we can do it if the weather’s right! Will we make good enough time to enjoy a few days sailing in the Chesapeake, before we haul her out, and stow her on the hard for nine long months?

How much cash do we need on hand for all of this? ┬áThe “boat budget” is revised oh so frequently, while I blow imaginary raspberries at those who like to say “if you have to ask how much sailing costs, you can’t afford it.” We’ll make it work: DIY as feasible to keep our costs down, and to prepare for cruising days where those skills are essential.

It feels like our boat buying process has been going on for such an awfully long time. But it hasn’t, really. Our broker first set foot on her 10 weeks ago. We put in an offer, and were passed over for a higher bid. That deal, however, fell apart, and we bid on “our” boat again…and again. The third time was the charm.

So how did we get here, buying a sailboat from Colorado?

We knew we were returning to the DC area in mid-2018. We sold our house in Virginia before we took this two-year assignment in Denver, in preparation for our planned 2021 retirement and cruising. We love Herrington Harbour North, our “old” marina in Maryland, and can see ourselves happily living aboard there for three years… So, as snow blew outside in December we started keeping a spreadsheet of boats we liked on YachtWorld. In March, we availed ourselves of SailingTotem (aka Behan and Jamie) “Ask the Cruisers” coaching service, and they’ve been a wonderful resource. We can’t recommend them highly enough…

And with that, we close out tonight…may all go smoothly through our closing and beyond.

Until next time, fair winds…