Friday, August 21, 2015

A bittersweeet journey

Moore 2 Life at Cropredy marina

Back in January we decided to have our boat painted but the arrangement fell on stony ground. Then we considered the implications of down sizing to a shorter boat for 'summer cruising' and started to look at the market. A cruiser or semi trad stern less than 50 feet would suit us now.

Our son suggested that selling now and buying later would get the best value. Could we face up to the idea of not having a boat for a while? ABNB gave us a valuation just based on our description. If they had created a brochure they would want to put the boat on the market before we had found another boat and charged us 6%!

It was while we were looking at boats for sale when we met Dave and Chris who were looking for a 'live aboard' boat. Perhaps it was fate, being in the right place and the right time. They came to see Moore 2 Life and liked what they saw. Eventually an offer was accepted subject to a survey. That in its self is the binding contract!

They were happy to hand over a 10% deposit after a trial run. We all then signed an agreement to sell and buy describing what was for sale. A witness also signed the document. Dave and Chris have been lucky to be able to see all our boat documentation and have us as owners to provide an in depth demonstration.

Our buyers arranged for a survey to be carried out at the marina. There were a few things that needed fixing before a 'pass' could be obtained. Every thing except the gas bottles had to be removed from the gas locker. We had anchor and concrete ballast in there! These were relocated in the well deck store space. The gas locker floor had to be painted and the bottles made secure away from the regulator. The shower pump out pipe had to be looped up higher than the outlet to ensure water could not get in when on a river. Our solar panel feed although fused was connected to the wrong side of the battery isolator and should be direct to the batteries.

It is so annoying when so-called experts carrying out work on boats do not seem to know the rules. A boat survey is so much more involved than the safety test!

During the six weeks it took from start to finish we had traveled up and down five times to remove all our personal belongings. The new owners are to rename the boat 'Morning Mist'. That was her original name when we bought her as described on the CE plate.


Carol said...

Pleased to hear that you’ve found a buyer for M2L but don’t forget to buy another boat - Ann will need her boat fix even if it’s just during the warmer summer months. xx

Chas and Ann said...

We are looking. Watch this space!

Sue said...

Gosh you have had some fun with M2L. It must be very difficult to let go but you have been very positive.

I am sure you will find a boat that will be perfect for you both to enjoy the summer months together along with Molly..

Keep blogging and let us all know how you are getting on with the search and show us some boats you are thinking about..


Fran, nb Tamara said...

So I guess there will be a space next to us when we arrive at the boat later this week!
Good to hear that the sale was a relatively painless experience for you.
Have you kept the mooring ready for a new boat?
I will continue to follow your blog and hope to see you in the future with a new boat.
Regards, Fran & Dave

Chas and Ann said...

Thanks for your comment Fran. We are retaining a mooring at Cropredy but it may not be in the same place. The new owners Dave and Chris will be obliged to move out soon.