Until recently, most, if not all, of my posts have been of a cheery, happy nature. And if not cheery or happy, at least tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic. Writing about misfortune is more fun when dealing with fictional people, not so much my own life. But I must keep updating this blog with what’s going on with my home. I’ll keep everyone who reads this blog updated with mini snippets, tales of my struggles while trudging through the mire that is the insurance industry. I’ll keep it to a minimum, and I’ll keep it simple. I’m not going to allow this blog to become a place of misery. Writing makes me feel fulfilled. This blog is one of my sanctuaries. I don’t want a man in a Norstar 30, who rammed my home, to disturb that. He’s disturbed enough already.
In that vain, here’s what’s happening now: My attorney is involved in this matter. It’s been over one week since the ramming, and I’m still quite in the dark, which displeases me. Rest assured, I’m not backing down. I’m not rolling over. I will do whatever I need to to be compensated for the loss. In the Pacific Northwest, the sun doesn’t always shine so warmly, the wind doesn’t blow so pleasantly as it is doing now. I’m missing out on the main reason I live on a boat, I’m missing out on my limited summer. And oh yes, that tees me off. As I wrote in my previous post, I’m well aware that worse things could’ve happened, but the fact remains I’m dealing with a problem, and I’m tired of it. I’m excited to have an attorney involved.
Now, let’s get to a post.
The schools of thought
As mentioned in my earlier post, there are a few possible scenarios to how this plays out. My boat will either be repaired or totaled. I’m still not sure what will happen, I’m preparing for either option.
In preparing for the possibility that Libby will be totaled, one option is to find a new boat. A number of boys have encouraged this, and treated it with excitement.
Why I don’t want another boat (right now)
- A new boat wouldn’t be “new.” I’m not going to trade Libby for a 2012 Oyster. I’d need to find a used boat in my price range that I found suitable to live aboard, but most likely it would have used boat problems that would need fixing. As I’ve written about many times before, Libby’s shortcomings are of the regular maintenance variety. Bottom painting, neglected teak, that kind of stuff. Nothing major!
- My boat is my home, and not all boats are suitable to the task. There is an emotional component to finding a home, and Libby fulfilled it. During the 2011 boat searching and buying process, I looked at boats that were more beautiful, but they didn’t pull at my heart, I only felt at home in the 30’ Islander. Most people live on land; they have certain requirements of their home. An example would be: three bedrooms, two baths, a den/office space, perhaps a view, an island in the kitchen. In your search to find your home, you’d only look at houses, condos, whatever, that met those requirements, but how many would feel like home to you? It’s the same with a boat.
- Cost. Funnily (not in that ha-ha way) I just received updated registration for my boat, because as of this July, I finished paying it off. Libby is owned by me, not my bank. Looking for a new boat incurs lots of costs (even if it’s covered by BoatUS): traveling to the boat, having the boat surveyed, hauled-out, purchase price, sales tax, and depending upon where the boat is, the cost to deliver it or bring it home. And throughout that process, where would I live? How much of my time away from work would I spend searching for a new home, because someone rammed mine? I do not want to go through all of that again, just one year after buying my boat. I do not want to get another loan to make up the difference. I will not spend a single penny.
- I’ve grown accustomed to some niceties: Libby had her rigging replaced in 2004. Yes, new mast, new shrouds, the whole shebang. I also have stainless steel self-tailing primary winches. A diesel engine, freshwater cooled. A LectraSan sanitation unit. Fully battened main sail. Three headsails. A deep, heavy lead keel. Tiller steering. A mahogany interior. In looking at other boats, nothing comes close to my boat. Libby is a find, a steal. Her sister-ship for sale in Canada, though well-maintained, lacks the upgrades of my ship, and it has a gas engine. Not for me, thanks.
None of the boats for sale in my area are tickling my fancy, none in my area look like home to me. It is no secret that I’m in love with Bob Perry’s double-enders. Heck, even Bob knows. The issue is, there aren’t any in my price range right now. I always knew they were a few years off for me. The idea of getting into a “new” boat that is not one I really want, isn’t an idea I like. Given the choice, I’d rather Libby be repaired.
Okay folks, what do you think? I love reading your comments, so let’s talk boats. Have you seen great boats for sale in your area? Please share them.
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