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Old 03-01-2015, 04:59 PM   #1
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Another wannabe on the journey to ownership

I've lurked here off and on for years as a non-member seeking advice and guidance while I searched for our dream boat and cultivated the finances through feast and famine (mostly famine), sharing the joys of other's successes, and silently supporting and wishing those well who were not celebrating. Sometimes I visited more frequently when it seemed there was no hope our dream would come true, other times less frequently for the same reason.

What a crazy emotional roller coaster ride the journey to a boat purchase can be! Itís exhilarating, scary, exciting, gut wrenching, disappointing; filling one full of doubt one moment and inspiring confidence the next, plus a hundred others, half of them or more experienced during any one day. And the nights!? Who can sleep? Thereís so much to do, so many unknowns, so much to learn, plan and accomplish in a relatively short time. Even with years of reading and preparation, there are many new skills to learn and acquire along the way. The experience oscillates between periods of sheer chaos and spells of crushing boredom.

Becoming a member of the forum and writing this intro is happening during the down time between the accepted offer and the survey/sea trial. I want to be doing something, but Iíve done everything I can do. I canít assume the boat will become ours or that weíre any closer to reaching the end of our search that began many years ago. I canít declare victory, uncork the bubbly, and share with you all the joy of being a new trawler owner, however short lived it might be, but of course I want to.

So hereís to the little victories along the way. Without recognizing, appreciating, and celebrating the little ones, the ultimate victory would likely never happen. Please join me with the beverage of your choice and raise your glasses to the little victories. Thank you!

The survey is the 9th. Itíll be a busy day, and Iíll be traveling home on the 10th, but Iíll let you all know how it goes when I can.

Be well.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:01 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard (finally).
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:04 PM   #3
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9th survey? Wow...good luck.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:11 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum! I'm a newbee too, only having been here for a couple of months or so. I know the roller coaster ride very well. I was in contract at one point and then out again. All I can say is that whole journey is an important one that should lead you to the right boat. I'm a few days away from closing my purchase and feel that that I ended up where I should be. If it doesn't work out then it wasn't meant to be!

With that having been said I will raise my glass (of tea!) and drink a toast to your "little victory" - having an accepted offer is definitely one of those. Cheers!

Are you willing to share what you are buying? I'll understand if you don't want to "tempt fate."

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Old 03-01-2015, 05:12 PM   #5
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9th survey? Wow...good luck.
I think he meant 9th of March and not his 9th survey. But maybe you knew that and figured humor didn't require a smiley!

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Old 03-01-2015, 05:15 PM   #6
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9th survey? Wow...good luck.
The survey is on the 9th. Busy season for surveys and sea trials as I know 2 others here who are doing the same. Good luck to you, Britannia and Codger. Exciting times, for sure!

But now that you're signed iup, it comes with an obligation to post lots of pics of your new vessel when she becomes yours. Without pics as evidence, it never happened!!
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:15 PM   #7
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Heron- I think he means March 9th. Here's to Ya Greg! Good luck and keep us posted. (RT Firefly doesn't drink- so if he abstains it's not personal.....) 😎


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Old 03-01-2015, 05:18 PM   #8
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I think he meant 9th of March and not his 9th survey. But maybe you knew that and figured humor didn't require a smiley!

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LOL...I would hope. If it were truly the 9th than I'd suggest some counseling!
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:36 PM   #9
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Please join me with the beverage of your choice and raise your glasses to the little victories.
Um, that I can happily do. Black Box Chardonnay (learned to appreciate its virtues while cruising on the sailboat -- good for a month after opening). So here is to you, and to your successful survey.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:44 PM   #10
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Welcome aboard from another wannabe traveling down the same stream working my way towards open waters. Sometimes it feels like the tide is flooding out and the water is getting thinner. 😄 but the journey is fun and the folks here are an amazing wealth of knowledge.

Pictures please once you are comfortable, as well as highs and lows of the process. Excited for you and the survey/sea trial!


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Old 03-01-2015, 05:47 PM   #11
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That's fantastic, Gregg. Hopefully, we soon will be celebrating with you. Welcome to TF.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:51 PM   #12
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Greetings,
Mr. GB. I'll raise a glass of Mountain Dew to your adventures.

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Old 03-01-2015, 06:53 PM   #13
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Thanks, All.

Yes, the survey is on the 9th. Counseling wouldn't be enough to get me through this 9 times. I'd buy the condo in Florida about #3 and give up on boating.

Yep, plenty of pics to come. You're right, without the pics it hasn't happened. I'll post the pics when it has.

I'll also post some of my notes that detail the highs and lows of the last couple attempts. I'm doing this one without brokers - per the seller's wishes (and mine) - so I think there will be lessons to share when it's all over. I've also gone part way down the road with brokers on both sides, and I have plenty of opinions about the differences.

I'm not superstitious so am not concerned about tempting fate, but I'll wait to post pics until I've closed the deal. Too many things can happen, and if I don't get this one, it'll be another one, someday.

I did say beverage of your choice. Non-alcoholic is fine!

@Britannia: Have you posted your pics here somewhere? If not, I'll be looking for them when you do. Good luck with your closing. Here's another tip to you!
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Good luck on your survey Greg. Nice post.Hopefully you will have a new location to enjoy your sundowners!
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:33 PM   #15
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@Britannia: Have you posted your pics here somewhere? If not, I'll be looking for them when you do. Good luck with your closing. Here's another tip to you!
Not yet - will post pictures when I'm the proud owner!
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:52 PM   #16
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Good luck, skipper... and Godspeed on your journey....

If it doesn't work out, think how much money you saved.... this time....
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:07 PM   #17
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Glad to see you're enjoying the trip to boatdom. Best of luck.
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Welcome to Trawler Forum Greg Brannon a new friend amongst old friends.
Good Luck with your new purchase and I'll happily toast you with a glass of Spanish brandy. Fair winds and safe harbours to you and yours.
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