Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gone Baby Gone

I arrived home from work just in time on Monday to catch my husband who was leaving with the buyer of our boat for a test run on Lake Mead. Timmy and his dad had made a trip out of their drive from Tennessee got in to town with perfect timing. We drove separately to Hemingway Harbor and launched the boat we had named, Turnin' Tricks, in to Lake Mead.

Only John and the buyer, Timmy, was on board while his father and I stayed behind at the dock.

Minutes later, the boys came in and like my friend Kristen said, as soon as the buyer feels the wind peeling back his eyelids at 100+mph, he'll be sold on it and sold he was (Timmy was already set on buying the boat a couple weekends; it was just a matter of time before he could make the drive and we needed to familiarize him with the boat).

We wiped off the boat one last time, getting just a little choked up (I had literally cried when we sold our last boat, the Lightning 23XS, to which I was more attached. We had plenty of lake time in this boat but there was nearly as much work involved in maintaining it that we were not accustomed to with our two previous boats. I am just glad Trick will have a good home and become Timmy's new pride and joy. You know what they say about the two happiest days in a boater's life, the day of the purchase and the day of the sale.)

After hugs, we congratulated Timmy on his toy and with the boat on the trailer hitched to his truck, Timmy and his dad took off into the night. As we parted ways, the powerboat with Timmy went east across Hoover Dam and we headed west towards our home, it was slightly eerie to see it hitched up to someone else's truck and gone--quite possibly the last time we'll ever see it.

But I think all parties were thrilled.

Then we did what we naturally have done when getting off the lake, go to dinner at one of our favorite places, The Oyster Bar. This time we had more to celebrate and toast to.

Tired of getting my fingers dirty, I passed up my favorite dish, the Louisiana-style hot shrimp in shells for the bouillabaisse and John ordered the gumbo.

There are no plans in our near future to get another boat and the garage may be empty but we'll just fill our time laying by the pool and begin shopping for a second home.


corrin said...

No boat? I'm shocked!

TomboCheck said...

That boat looks like it's going a 100 miles per hour even when it's sitting still. :)

Annejelynn said...

the boat thing will change as spring approaches, I'm certain...

Daly said...

Corrin, we've had it on the market for a while, just to see if we'd get any offers. Most were too low until we finally got an offer that sealed the deal.

Thanks, tombo. I'm going to miss going fast. It seriously feels like the take off and ride on a Magic Mountain ride but not as jarring.

Annejelynn, 'tis true. Right now he's focused on riding and for once we're looking forward to fall and winter. But as soon as the sun starts shining again...we'll be wanting to be on the lake. He's already talking about the next boat and I nip that right in the bud.

Anonymous said...

Probably just as well as we're entering the dusk of the cheap energy age. Alas, boats like this will become the playthings of only the super-wealthy.

Daly said...

I agree; probably just as well. Surprisingly that boat sipped gas, we rarely had to fill it up, only top off when we go out; the topoff was less than any one of our cars would take.

The payment wasn't bad at all; we don't want to stretch ourselves with a boat and second house payment.

I think it was a good move to simplify our life. We enjoyed our time on that boat, immensely, but our next boat (and I'm telling him in at least a couple years (if that) though as annejelynn said, as soon as spring rolls around, we'll have that fever...LOL) will be a little bit more user-friendly. Stereo, more seats, and doesn't necessarily have to go as fast...all these things the Trick didn't have. 496HO, goes 70mph, stereo but definitely something with less upkeep and maintenance. None of our previous boats required as much work so we were spoiled.

You see, anonymous, he had to have his fun with that toy but eventually is seeing my point of view that the fun has/had its cost and no more shelling money into a depreciating asset. Well that's all boats are, a money pit, right? Though the fun times were definitely worth it! But I'm hoping, hoping a rental property will be less maintenance and I believe the market will turn around. May not be the immediate future but definitely in the next several years.