The links below detail the love story between an old boat and a sea loving couple, and their checkbook

 

 

 

Other Links:

Bayliner Owner's Forum:
An invaluable resource during our renovation, starting with the day we bought the boat and couldn't figure out how to turn the lights on.

Great Loop Cruiser's Association:
People who are already doing what we want to do. Someday you'll find us here.

Great Loop Primer:
A how-to manual for doing the Loop.

 

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We make a plan

We want to live in cramped quarters and worry if our holding tanks are too full or our water tanks are too empty. We want a wardrobe limited to shorts and flip flops, and skin that's wrinkled from too much sun and saltwater.

In short, we want to be salty dogs, and thus when we retire in a few short years we plan to sell everything attached to dry land and spend two years at sea doing the Great Loop. This plan requires a boat.

When we hatched our plan we were already avid boaters with a respectable Carver Mariner, but the Carver was all wrong for what we had in mind. 

My husband wanted some manly diesels and a pilothouse where he could captain the boat without getting rained on. I wanted a boat with some elbow room and a galley big enough to cook in--that is, a real kitchen with an oven and cupboards and decent counter space.

And we wanted a stateroom for guests. And two bathrooms. And plenty of storage. And a washer/dryer. And room for the dog.

And we wanted this perfect boat to cost less than the GDP of Brazil. 

We drew up our list of requirements and assumed we'd be making several shopping expeditions to Florida to find a boat with everything on our list. Little did we know it was right under our noses all along.

The perfect boat turned out to be Magnificent Obsession, a Bayliner 4550 that for a decade or more had lived just two slips down from us at our marina on Lake Lanier. 

It was originally owned by an elderly couple who only drove her to church on Sundays (just kidding on the church part but they used it very rarely and only during the week when lake traffic was minimal), and was then sold to a commercial airline pilot who used it at most four or fives times a year.  

One Saturday morning in July, 2008 the pilot hung a  "for sale" sign on the transom, and before the day was over we had checked her out. By the following Wednesday we had signed on the dotted line.

We loved her classic lines and spacious well designed floor plan but we weren't feeling the love for the parts that hadn't been updated in twenty years. Who's down for some stained and faded blue carpet? Coppertone appliances anyone? How about funky pink/blue upholstery permeated with the delicate aroma of diesel fumes, or some twenty year old gauges and obsolete, inoperable navigation equipment? 

Someone? Anyone? No? Maybe its just us then.

Let the renovations begin.

The links at top left tell the story that begins with the day we fell in love with the ugliest girl at the prom. She was ugly and smelly but she had good bone structure and a nice personality--and lots and lots of potential.  Let us begin.

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