I sold my boat today…
A bloody big decision I can tell you, but one that had been festering for quite a while.
One of the things about boats is – if you don’t use them often enough they stuff up – so that when you do use them they cost you big $$$ to fix each time you go out.
Now this wasn’t an issue for me as a regular boatie, but in the last year my usage has dropped and my interest level has also waned. I still love the ocean, but have little desire to launch a boat. I have been hanging onto it because my friends keep urging me not to sell it – they enjoy going on it. But they don’t pay the bills…
I was recovering from the $500.00 service bill at the start of the year when the steering went (again). I had this fixed last year, but infrequent usage meant it had stiffened up. I bought a helm to replace the old unit and pulled it all apart but it wasn’t quite the right fit. I messed around, but in the end decided to give it to the local boat mechanic.
I guessed it would cost $80.00 or so given that I had done all the dismantling.
However it turned out he needed to order a different helm – an extra $220.00 and then it took him two hours rather than one… So the bill was $450.00 and I was not happy. I don’t think I was ripped off – it just ended up costing more than I expected, so after a long conversation with mechanic I walked out of the boat shop and straight away advertised it on ebay.
I actually have no drama paying for maintenance and repairs on items I use regularly, but this baby was sitting in the front yard getting used once a month and costing big $$ for the privilege. Without sounding holier than thou I was quite motivated by my beliefs on how money should be used. It just seemed all wrong to shell out money in an ongoing way for something I didn’t use – in case one day I might want to use it…
So… today was the sea test…
Given the recent spate of breakdowns I wasn’t at all convinced we would get thru unscathed, but the old beast performed admirably and the new owner was very much impressed.
I’m a crappy salesman – I tell people everything – even the stuff they wouldn’t ‘discover till later’, but we haggled a little over price and I finished up walking away pretty happy.
After 5 years of boating and $5000.00 of capital invested I walked away with $5500.00.
But let’s not talk about those maintenance expenses 🙂
As I said to Danelle, now we don’t have a boat… until I buy another one…free silent hill