Okay, here's the deal.
Here's Dock Six, the dock that we have called our home away from home for the last three years:
We like our dock. We like the merry band of freeloading drunks who have founded the Dock Six SCarrrrrrrds (Sailing Club and Rum Drinking Society). it is an unserviced "Gilligan's Island" dock (no water, now power, not a single luxury..) and we like that. We like the fact that we are the only boat that is occupied overnight. we like the quiet. We have a problem:
The max length allowed on our dock is 25' (okay, a narrow beamed 26', maybe even 27', as long as nobody gets salty.)... and as much as we love Whiskeyjack, we'd like a boat that could accommodate our kids/guests. this season we simply rented a second slip for a second boat, our 25' cold moulded cabin cruiser, a "guest boat" if you will. It sort of worked, but we also added two dogs to the mix this season, and when sailing you can only take one boat and Whiskeyjack, as perfect as she is, is sorta, kinda... cramped.
So, Neptune help us, we think we have found the right next boat. Actually, we really fell for the next boat, hard. The dilemma?
She is 35' ish, overall. Ergo, we would have to leave Dock 6. Yeah sure, we'll stay in the same marina, but none of the other docks are as appealing as good ol' Dock 6. Friends of ours remark on the drunk-free serenity of our dock (up until it is pointed out that the drunks are, uh, US,), and we like the solitude- We are lobbying for an end slip on one of the docks across the fairway, or a slip on dock 1 seen here from the stern of Whiskeyjack:
IF we end up with a new boat, the separation will not be immediate, as we would still slip Whiskeyjack while she is listed for sale... or we may still keep her, as a "guest boat'.. i dunno. But, in any event, the center of our nautical universe is gonna change
It feels kinda bittersweet. Anybody else faced a similar dilemma?