Well, we’ve been back and forth for a couple weeks now with several boat yards, trying to get a handle on what repairs are absolutely needed before we even think about bringing the boat to Florida, and what they might cost.
It’s been hard for the boatyards to give us any firm prices, without being able to see the boat. Sort of like calling your local garage and saying “My car is making a funny noise…how much will you charge to fix it?”
We were able to put together an estimate that we are fairly comfortable with, and today we made our final offer to the seller.
We should hear over the weekend, or early next week, whether or not they will accept the offer. If they do, we have to schedule the closing, and then after the boat is officially ours, we’ll need to move it from where it is to a place yet-to-be-determined to have the repair work done.
That means at least one and maybe two more trips to Virginia, and countless hours on the phone with the boatyard, delivery captains, insurance agents, etc.
Another interesting twist could come up if there is a hurricane “in the box” when we close. Not sure about this yet, but we could find that we can’t get anyone to bind coverage as long as there’s a named storm out there messing about in the Atlantic. That would mean that we could find ourselves with an uninsured boat in the middle of hurricane season. Not a good plan.
Anyway, a few more days will tell the tale. If they tell us to take a hike, we collect our deposit and start looking again.