|"What's Next?" perhaps this catamaran!
At that point we decided we needed to see the boat in person again (for more on the first time we saw her, check out my last blog post: We Are NOT Boat Shopping), so Nathan and I flew to Ft. Lauderdale for a quick trip.
|Nothing like a kid-free, couples trip!
|Of course every TV would be tuned to "Shark Week!"
But after the longest flight ever (mostly due to the nasty woman sitting beside Nathan who kept screaming at him every time his elbow or foot accidentally invaded her space from his cramped middle seat), we finally made it to sunny Fort Lauderdale and I couldn't help but start to feel the excitement of being back where our first liveaboard adventure began.
|Roomy Master (and Missus'!) Cabin
|Clean engines with low miles!
|Ugly faucet, yes. But still functional.
As I was about to grumble about how terrible the fixtures looked, I saw the look in Nathan's eye...
He liked this one.
|Almost all the fixtures are corroded.
Granted, it did not have the 4 cabins that I had hoped for, but there was a lot of potential here. So we gave the green light to pay for the sea trial and have a thorough inspection done to see if we really wanted to buy it.
|Climbing the mast for the inspection
|Starting the Sea Trial
|Captain Nathan taking "What's Next?" down New River
|Some of the problems: damaged ropes
|Minor damage to the wood
|Small cracks needing patching
So, we went back to New Mexico and responded to the very generous offer on the table with our extensive list of must-haves and must-fixes before we would agree to buying her. We knew they would laugh at us and turn us down.
But then they didn't turn us down! They accepted all of our ridiculous demands. The financing was already approved. Instead of the "dead end" response we expected, we got the total green light.
Needless to say we were both a bit in shock. And so it was, on one day in early August, despite all of our very logical reasons against it, Nathan looked at me and said, "Well, I guess we're buying a boat!"