|Do we take on a project boat, or not?
We had the first part of our boat inspection last week.
There were a few pleasant surprises, a lot of confirmations that our areas of concern are areas of concern, and some are worse than we thought they’d be.
We thought we’d get a chance to have our surveyor shimmy up the mast and we also thought we’d be able to do a sea trial. High wind and lines too damaged to safely hoist our surveyor made the full mast inspection a no-go. The sea trial was a non-starter because a diver was supposed to make sure the propeller was operable beforehand and we were told there were too many alligators in the area for a diver to check the prop.
Meanwhile, we’ve already spent ~$500 for the first part of the survey, and the next part is much more expensive as it requires our paying for a haulout. So we’re running our numbers and making sure we’re fully on-board for tackling everything that would need to be done to safely sail away to the Bahamas this year.
|These are not easy decisions.
Is this the boat we’ll go with? We’re not 100% sure yet. We’re still working on our spreadsheets.
We don’t want to take a whole lot longer. Every day we spend deciding is one less day we spend getting the boat ready to go, but still, it’s a big decision.
|Time is of the essence!
We’ll keep you posted.
We’re still on terra firma in Ft. Pierce, Florida.