When we told people that we’d bought a boat and were immediately putting it into storage for the summer, we got a fair number of questions and also a certain amount of sympathy.
“Must be hard not to use her right away!”
“Why not wait to buy one until fall and save the storage cost?”
Yes, it was hard to spend only a few days on her . . . and those were spent taking photos and prepping her for summer storage. So why did we do it?
Basically, we wanted to have the summer to prepare for living aboard half the year. By getting the boat now, we can spend the summer making plans for the boat we know we have, instead of what I’ll call contingent lists.
Every boat that we were looking at came with wildly different “extras” — or almost none at all. Some boats needed to be outfitted almost from scratch while others were quite well equipped.
If we waited until fall to buy the boat, it would be hard to research what we would eventually want. Now, since we’re dealing with a specific boat, we can make lists of the things we know she needs and start figuring out what will best meet our needs.
Some things we’ll go ahead and get over the summer (and figure out how we’ll transport them to the boat) while others we’ll order just before we go to the boat and have shipped to the storage yard and still others we’ll plan to buy locally in Ft. Myers.
Being able to plan, make lists and research over the summer means that — hopefully — we’ll be able to be on the water sooner in the fall!