That’s what we decided to do.
After much discussion, we decided to put Magic Carpet on the market. There were several reasons for this, but the overarching consideration was that we were just not using the boat as often as we wanted, and when we did use it, there were usually just the two of us rattling around in three staterooms and a large salon.
Within twelve hours of listing her on Yachtworld.com, we had a written offer, and over the next week, we got three more written offers as back-ups. The first potential buyer came from out of state for a personal inspection, then scheduled a haul-out, survey and sea trial. There were some issues noted during the survey, as there always are, but during the sea trial the boat ran fine, and we came to terms with the buyer and signed a contract.
I put a lot of time, money and sweat into Magic Carpet, and it was a tough decision to make to sell her, but I think in the end, we’ll realize it was the right decision.
Not sure what our future holds (who among us really ever is sure) but I think it will involve a different boat.
I’ll probably keep this blog going as we search for the next one, although I may have to change the masthead photo so I don’t suffer pangs of regret every time I see the Admiral standing on Magic Carpet’s aft deck. We think we’ll be looking for something newer, smaller, faster, but I guess time will tell what sort of temptations King Neptune tosses in our path.
Stay tuned, and join me in wishing the new owners good luck, fair winds and following seas.