Well, the offer was accepted, at least most of it. We wanted several things, and they agreed to many but not all, but in the end, we decided that the deal was close enough, and we told the broker to tell them we said “yes”.
So now, the closing is scheduled for later this month and in the meantime, we have to arrange for the boat to be moved to another yard when we take possession for some work to be done before we bring it to Florida.
Also have to get with the insurance company and get coverage bound, which means drawing up a “hurricane plan”, providing details about the boat, a copy of the survey, details about where we plan to keep it, and probably details about our eye color and blood type.
We talked to a maritime attorney in Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon who will assist us with making sure the closing goes smoothly with no surprises, and will ensure that the title is conveyed free and clear of any liens – important. I found out something I didn’t know about maritime liens – they don’t have to be recorded. So, it’s possible for someone to have a claim against a boat and there is no “official” record of it to be found. And if that’s the case, they can have the boat “arrested”. Sounds weird, but that’s a bit of boating trivia for you.
I need to find a captain to move it from where it is to the yard where the work will be done, and we’ll hire a captain from this area to make the trip south with me when it’s ready to go. I don’t want to make my first trip in the boat a several-day, 750 mile trip through unfamiliar territory, so a delivery captain seems to be the way to go. That way, I can wander the boat while we are underway and get familiar with what is and isn’t happening, and hopefully, he’ll be able to provide some knowledge that might otherwise be learned the hard way.
If we can find a local captain, it will be easier to use him again later if we need to, or if I just want a security blanket when we take it out the first couple times. The slip we’ll have in Daytona will be a little dicey to get in and out of with this size boat, and one thing that boaters frown on is a newbie to a marina using the other boats to play bumper-boat getting in and out of your new home. Most uncool.
It’s time to get the file out and start making more lists of things to do, and drink another beer to calm my nerves, so for now, wish us luck, and smooth sailing.