a love story about
an old boat, a sea loving couple, and their checkbook.
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Come to Mama
My husband says that
little hearts came out of my eyes the first time I
saw this boat and he's right--it was love at
first sight. I could see beyond the ugly,
cluttered, smelly interior and imagine what it
could be with a little TLC and some cash.
For my engineer husband with his
practical brain and linear thinking (who had never
bought a used anything in his life) it was a
totally different story. He saw only what lay before
him: an ugly, outdated interior and a boat outfitted
with navigation equipment manufactured when Ronald
Reagan was in the White House and microchips were
still a twinkle in some scientist's eye. In short, he saw a big
hole in the water where a lot of money needed to be
But the price and location were
right, the boat had everything on our wish list, and
my sales skills were keenly honed--you can see where this is headed--so on the
Saturday in July, 2008 when the "for sale" sign went
up, we got our hands on the keys to take a look.
as these sorts of things go on a dock, our
buddies gathered around to help out. Here's what we saw:
My husband kept our
Carver buffed and showroom shiny at all
times so he
was horrified at how dull the finish on
the hull was after years of neglect.
The guys from the dock
collected up their
favorite buffing compounds and polishes
to see how difficult it would be to
bring a shine back to the hull. As it
turned out, it was pretty easy.
And so despite his
misgivings about buying an ugly boat (and an ugly Bayliner to boot) he saw how much I loved this boat
and grudgingly admitted it had potential to be a very
comfortable home at sea for our two year long adventure.
And we agreed
that because the price was right we could justify
investing the substantial sum it would take
to fix her up and still stay well within the budget. The deal was on.
to Mama, you big ol' butt ugly boat.
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