Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lots of Interest in Drift Away

Not counting the $120,000 cashier's check I received a couple of weeks ago (the extra is to be given to the delivery captain), I've had about a dozen genuine inquiries.   I posted Craig's List ads in Brunswick, Savannah, and Jacksonville and have gotten inquiries from each.

I've been surprised at the response.  I was honest in the ad, describing Drift Away as accurately as I could without getting too verbose.  I listed not only all the work we've done and the equipment we've installed, but also all of the work that is yet to be done by the next owner.  I think people appreciate honesty.  How many of you boaters traveled many miles to look at a boat only to find its condition was nothing like advertised?  A boat needing "a little TLC" turned out to be a total piece of crap?  I don't like being treated that way, and so I don't treat people that way.

No doubt whomever gets serious about buying Drift Away will want it surveyed, and I have no problem with that.  I don't put much stock in surveyors though.  The ones I've dealt with over the years know less about boats than I do.  But nonetheless, it is standard procedure when buying a boat to have it surveyed.  Those of you who have been following this blog for any length of time know that I like to be different. I didn't have Drift Away surveyed when I bought it.  I expected the worst and hoped for the best.

Pam and I both have mixed emotions about this.  We both love this boat, and will hate to see it not be ours anymore, but at the same time we're both looking forward to building a little place in the Adirondacks, and the next chapter in our lives.


  1. I hope you are able to sell Drift Away and move onto your next phase in life. I am all for change, but having been in the Adirondacks in winter once or twice I struggle to understand the attraction for the area. I found it dark and cold, full of gloomy shadows, buggy in summer, and only mildly scenic. But if it works for you, enjoy and good luck!

    1. Thanks, we'll need luck to pull all this together. :)

  2. Adirondacks are beautiful if you love nature and the great outdoors, which we do. Plus, having grown up there, it owns a piece of my heart. We did have the boat surveyed, but it was after we had made up our minds to buy the boat. The verdict of the survey was that even if the boat needed both engines replaced, it was a hell of a bargain. As we all know, the engines ran with no problem.

    I have very mixed emotions about selling Drift Away. I'm still not sure I'm ready to say goodbye to our boat, but I am excited at the prospect of our new adventure. I wrote a blog about cruising and having the ability to be free last year. Women and cruising.... This time, I am following my husband so he can fullfill all of his dreams. Luckily, the next chapter also falls in line with things I love, as well.