So, as I said, I was reading everything I could and going on Yachtworld virtually every day. I checked out all the boats I had read about in PassageMaker. Boat prices were still relatively high and real estate had already taken its dive, so it was becoming clear to me that we would never have the amount of money needed for the boats I was looking at.
We widened our choice and started looking at one off boats that were built as pleasure boats, but basically on fishing boat platforms. They seemed cheaper and plentiful.
That search culminated in June 2011, when we decided to make an offer and have a survey done on a 50 foot boat that seemed good for us in Tennessee. It was older, a 1982 Broadfire and certainly had issues, but the price seemed ok. We decided to move forward and have the survey done.
Now, a little aside. Julie and I have a truly remarkable decision-making process and pretty much always make great decisions (and I’m not talking about those kinds of decisions that would find us on a snow mobile trail trying to go over a hill on the Gaspe Peninsula in the middle of winter, Christmas Eve, in fact, in a Jeep).
So, when Julie first saw the boat and remarked that it looked too tall, that was a warning sign. Umm, then the surveyor said the same thing and added that if we proceeded, we needed to have a marine architect look it over. My boat friends also looked at this choice askance. But we learned a lot in the process. The surveyor was great, up front and really took the time to understand what we wanted to do with the boat. My friends, Jan, Carin and Will were also really helpful and combined with our lack of experience; we had pretty much decided to nix the deal should anyone express any doubts. Since everyone did! it was easy to walk on that deal.
So, while this was a misstep (nothing ventured, nothing gained), we also learned a lot about the process and got to eat some great bbq in Tennessee.