As in, it’s been a long time, and you haven’t seen anything from us. I have no excuse for that, other than life got in the way. There has been a lot going on, and from the perspective of this blog, I guess the most significant thing is that we’ve decided to put Magic Carpet on the market.
We aren’t getting out of boating, we’re just planning to stay in it in a different boat.
Magic Carpet has been a great boat for us, but we’ve come to realize that neither of us really wants to invest the time or energy into building a chartering business as we had planned. We have had some folks charter the bat, and we really enjoyed our time with them, but to make it a real business, we need to invest a lot more time and effort into the marketing aspect, and that just isn’t something we are interested in doing.
Without the chartering side of things, a boat this size just doesn’t make much sense for the two of us. It does give us plenty of room to spread out, but at fifty-six feet, we find that slip availability can be an issue, and finding a spot in a crowded anchorage can be pretty frustrating too.
So, we are going to see if someone else can give her a good home, and then we’ll start our search again, this time for something a little newer, a little smaller, and a little faster.
The Admiral and I are already slightly at odds as to the specific definition of “a little smaller”. We have a size range in mind, and while I’m bumping up against the upper end of the range, the Admiral is tending toward the lower end. It will be interesting to see how that gets settled.
If you want to see a marketing video that our broker put together, you can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXFb52efdN4
At this point, we have an offer from a couple who traveled from several states away to look at the boat, said they wanted to proceed to a marine survey, then called a day later and said they’d changed their mind and didn’t want the boat, then called a day later and said they’d reconsidered and now were back to wanting to proceed to a marine survey.
I’ll try to keep you updated as this progresses.