Living Aboard a Boat Ramblings From the Dockside

The Roller Coaster Ride

Monday, May 08, 2017S.V. CAMBRIA

I love roller coasters: The clicking of the gears as the cars slowly climb uphill. The build-up of butterflies from not knowing when the big drop will arrive. The thrill of being hurled around corners at top speed.

I still remember my first ride – my dad took me. We sat in the front row, and I was so scared that I begged him to make it stop the entire time. But the minute it was over, I wanted to go again. 
Owning a boat is a lot like riding a roller coaster – full of ups and downs, twists and turns, oftentimes at high speeds. And so is selling one.

A few months ago, we met a guy whose dream it is to own a Westerly Ocean 43. They didn’t make many of these so it was hard to keep from getting excited about his interest, especially after he spent five hours one day looking around the boat with David. In the end, the timing wasn’t right for him. We weren’t surprised by his decision, but it would’ve been great to sell Cambria without officially putting her on the market.

The boat’s listed with a yacht broker in Australia at one of the largest brokerages in the country. A few weeks ago, a couple saw the listing and were “keen” because they also want buy a Westerly Ocean 43. In our minds, they were the perfect potential buyers – people who live in the Southern Hemisphere that want to sail the Inside Passage to Alaska before crossing the Pacific (we actually know several cruisers who have taken this approach). Nothing came of it in the end but, once again, we found ourselves struggling not to get excited by the prospect because, hey, wouldn’t it be great to sell Cambria within days of listing her.

We listed Cambria ourselves online – in the US, in England and in New Zealand. And there’s now a “For Sale” sign adorning her pulpit that has passerbys asking questions. These types of inquiries are a lot easier to shrug off. But they all three – the dreamer, the Aussies, the internet browsers – have one thing in common: They plant a seed of hope that allows the mind to dream. And when nothing comes of it, it’s a little disappointing (though not surprising).

So while I may love roller coasters, I’m already looking forward to getting off of this one. I might not be begging anyone to make it stop (yet), but both David and I will be really happy when it does. But until that time, we have no choice but to sit back, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride.

Do you think cruising is like riding a roller coaster? How about selling a boat?

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6 comments

  1. I hate rollercoasters, much worse than escalators! Selling a home, that needs to sell before you can move on to the next, is the worst. I don't envy you at all!

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    1. When we sold everything to move to New Zealand, it took a few months for my house to sell (including a price drop) but David's went before it was even on the market (the owner of the agency bought it). If only we could be so lucky again! :-)

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  2. Cruising is definitely like a roller coaster - lots of highs, lots of lows, lots of thrills and lots of scary moments. Fingers crossed for a quick sale so that you can get off this roller coaster.

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. It's so sad to think about getting off this ride and, yet, so exciting at the same time.

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  3. That first shot is amazing! Yeah... We know the feeling and agree with the rollercoaster analogy. Cruising has many ups and downs and when the downs affect you too much, it is time to move on. Except, you have to go through the last, draining, stage... selling her. Patience is key and still having exciting things to entertain you, helps tremendously. You have a car and you can get away to take a break... I shiver when I think of our last months stuck on Irie, extremely unhappy and helpless about not being able to sell the boat. There were ten months between initially listing her ourselves and actually selling the boat via a broker (Australian :-)). The right buyer will eventually show up, though. :-)

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    1. I wish I could claim credit for it but the shot belongs to Free Images.

      "Draining" is the perfect word to describe this. We've got to figure out how to balance that because we have a long way to go in this process. Thanks, Liesbet!

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