They say the two best days of a boater's life are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. I'm sure that's true for a lot of people but not for everyone. My Dad sold his boat last week and I'm here to tell you it was far from one of his best days. I'm sure there were a few tears shed at some point, probably after he got home and was alone. He and Clipper (30' Contest) go back a long ways together, 31 years to be exact. Dad sailed mostly on the Hudson river at Tarrytown, how many times he has tacked back and forth across that river I couldn't tell you, and he couldn't either. Easily in the thousands. He mostly went out by himself, and I think he was completely happy out there alone although he was always happy to have some company. I didn't get to spend nearly enough time sailing with him there living on the opposite coast, although we've spent many weeks sailing together out here in the PNW on our boats. Dad won't be getting another boat, Clipper was the last for him, he'll turn 91 in October. The new owner is local and will be keeping her in the same marina and I hope he invites Dad to go for a sail once in awhile, that would be one of the best days for him.
Kudos to your dad! Old sailors are admirable characters. My father in law, now 84, still makes his annual trip from NJ to MV every year. It will also be a sad day for him and all of us when he can finally no longer handle it. He's been saying "this is the last year," for about 20 years now:-) Your dad is welcome to sail up or down the Hudson with me any time.
Good for your dad. I took some people for a test sail this morning in anticipation on selling my boat. I really do not want to sell it but I need money. I am also selling a classic car and if at all possible I will keep the boat. I was really bummed out this morning. The prospective new owners' kids were having a blast up in the v-berth and swimming in the lake and all I could think of was to point out every flaw with the boat in the hopes they don't like it!
2003 Hunter 260 "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester while loading his boat with gin. WORK IS OVER-RATED
Wow, thanks for the kind words. I didn't really expect anyone to reply to this, just wanted to commemorate it in some way. Smurph- thanks so much for the offer, we'll see what happens with the new owner, where do you sail out of? Thanks to you all, I"m sure Dad will see this and be touched.
They say the two best days of a boater's life are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. I'm sure that's true for a lot of people but not for everyone. My Dad sold his boat last week and I'm here to tell you it was far from one of his best days.....
We buy a boat. An inanimate object. We make out our 'boat list' and go to work. Over the years our blood, sweat and tears are integrated into wood and fiberglass until the lines blur between a man and his boat. It becomes a part of us.
The day I sell my boat I will feel the loss of a close friend and will know exactly how your dad is feeling today.