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Re: Selling a boat - an emotional experience
I have a friend that coincidentally called me yesterday to tell me it was "the second happiest day of his life". He sold his boat. It was a dayboat for towing skiers that he would use once per year. His kids are all licensed, but had no time to use it themselves either. He is out for good, so he says.
When I bought my current boat, her prior owner literally wept on the dock as she cast off. She was his dream to sail through the Caribbean in retirement. He commissioned her new from the factory and had to abandon his dream just a few years later. Why is not totally clear to me. He gave a reason, but I've always thought it was covering for a health problem.
Letting go of fond memories or a dream that never was is very hard.
However, I know the cure. Buy your new boat before your old boat sells..... That has happened to me once. Sit on two sets of maintenance, insurance, storage, and the possibility of a repair that could cost thousands at any moment without warning, and the fond memories are obliterated!! You absolutely can't wait to see her go!!!!!
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