Marty, to be fair, in my first post, I DID say I thought it was my fault..
We went to have a look at the boat when they were both down here a few weeks back, but I'm used to that. It seemed just about every time they came down here my Dad would have something or other somewhere lined up that he wanted to look at, so I thought it was just him dreaming again of buying a boat one day..
My parents have owned quite a few wonderful (hey, I'm biased.. sue me!!) yachts over the decades - including the Laurent Giles 52-footer "Ruthean" I practically grew up on, now being faithfully restored at my Club - one of which he skippered in a Transpac and a couple of Sydney-Hobarts (leading the fleet out of the Heads one year).
They're getting older now and, I guess, just wanting something comfortable to cruise in, but, to be honest, I'm not sure this one will leave the marina much. They actually wanted a trawler - but finding one fitted out already simply wasn't happening.
Nice as it would be, we certainly can't cruise together - they live around 2 weeks sail away... but we'll be up there at Christmas time and I'm looking forward to showing them the ropes... (and help with the varnishing - I'll have had PLENTY of practice by then!!)