I’ve done it, I’ve ended a relationship, I’ve sold my boat. I didn’t want to, I loved my boat. She was great to sail, but that’s the problem I can no long sail in her. It’s all my fault two years ago I ran her aground on some rocks damaging the keel. You would think it would be easy to get her repaired, but it wasn’t, it was a nightmare, £500 down the toilet and still not repaired. I’m not going to go in to what happened I’ll just get angry.
So has just sat on the boat park for two years costing me storage and slowly detreating. I finally decided it was time to sell her to someone who might be able to repair her and get some use from her.
This didn’t prove easy either. I listed her on e-bay and attracted few bidders and sold her more than I thought. I spoke to her new owner on the phone. He was very enthuastic, he had just finished a two-year boat building course and was going to repair her for his him and his family to use. On the appointed day he didn’t turn up. I sent him a couple polite e-mails and text – nothing. I even sent him on just asking if he no longer wanted her it wouldn’t be a problem – nothing!
I gave up and offered it to the next bidder, was also keen but wanted more details about the trailer. I dutifully went to the boat park took some more pictures, it looked ok to me but to be sure I got a friend’s husband to look at it. He told me the axel was snapped. Being an honest chap I told my new buyer, who as you can imagine pulled out!
Now I was down to bidder number three. He didn’t reply to my offer.
Bidder number four, he did want it, I was now getting a lot less than I had originally sold her for but she had to go. He was not put off by the broken trailer. He quickly paid by Pay Pal and you might think the story is now done, but no! Neither of us can work out why but the cash is now stuck in Pay Pal and will be for another weeks It’s not a lot of cash so I’m not going to worry but my boat is sold.
I am planning on buy another, this time with a friend so he can share the stress, I mean the fun of boat ownership. I just need my book to sell well this year.
The moral of this story? Don’t run you boat aground on rocks in the first place!