Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Visit to Drift Away

Pam and I visited Drift Away yesterday.   He's about an hour and a half drive from Fort McCoy away.  He looked a little forlorn, quite honestly.

Many potential buyers have been aboard since we left him in Green Cove Springs last May.  Sadly, I was disappointed in what I saw.   There was a port window left open, for one.  But some idiot took a knife and slashed the headliner in the main saloon to see what was up above it.  Yep.  That's right.  Just cut the headliner.   Sure, he could have taken a screwdriver and removed a light fixture, but that would have required some effort on his part.  Much easier to just cut a hole.

What an asshole.  What a f**king asshole.  What a flaming f**king asshole.

Other than that, Drift Away looks like he's doing well.

Both Pam and I got a little teary eyed being on the boat.  Such wonderful memories we have.  Do we really want to sell Drift Away?  Why not just fix the exhaust leak, launch him, and continue on?  At this point, Drift Away is a go-anywhere boat.   Oh, the places we could go...

But then again, we now have Jeremiah the  Horse.  And "The Boat" motorhome.  It is time for Drift Away to find someone else to love him.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Heading Back to Florida

Right now, we're in Troutman, North Carolina.  Our caravan is Pam driving the Kia with Olivia the German Shorthaired Pointer, towing Jeremiah the Horse.  Daughter Megan and I are following behind in the motorhome, with  Ruby and Chevy the Pit Bulls, and Leo Pard and Sassy the cats.  We're doing short hops to lessen the stress on Jeremiah, maybe a couple of hundred miles at a clip.  We're staying in "horse motels", places that we've found on  Basically, they're all horse farms and stables that will board your horse for the night and let you park your R/V someplace.  We should be back in Florida by the weekend.

We've suddenly had a lot of interest in Drift Away.  One of the brokers has two very interested parties, one who may make an offer on Tuesday.   We'll see.  The other is flying in to look at it next week.

One of the first things we need to do, since I think I'm out of boating now, is to get the rest of our personal stuff off the boat.  Anything that's not being sold with it.  Right  now, it's hard for a potential buyer to see Drift Away because of our stuff.  We have deck furniture stored in the main saloon, for example, making it next to impossible to walk from one end to the other.

It will be good to step aboard Drift Away again.  Good, and a little sad.  That good old boat carried us many hundreds of miles, from Stamford Connecticut to Albany New York, and then all the way down to Green Cove Springs Florida.  Not without some adventure, of course.   It's all in the blog.