Carey wrote:HollywoodSo, what is your current boat du jour? Do you need to change your avatar? I'd love to see her. Frankly, I can't believe you let Volunteer go. She's totally my kind of boat, except maybe the overall purchase and maintenance cost. Gorgeous!!!
I did try to post during the picture posting issue time..........
Here is are a couple pics of the new ride........... the one is the new boat with the old boat waiting to move into the new owners boat house.
So the story goes like this... after spending the summer up the Columbia and Snake rivers I left Volunteer at a yacht club in Portland because of weather and timing issues. While the boat was at the clubs visitor dock one of the club members contacted me about Volunteer and wanted to know if I had any interest in selling her. He had a boat in one of his two boat houses that if I had any interest in he would trade for Volunteer. After discussing this with the Admiral I looked at his perfect condition 1996 sea ray 400 express... always kept in a boathouse... in fresh water.* We did a afternoon " sea trial" of Volunteer and he was sure he wanted her... if was up to me. He offered to buy her out right.. or do the trade. The Admiral and I thought this might be an easy step back in* the direction of taking off cruising on a sailboat in a few years... and get a different yachting experience in the meantime.* The thought of keeping a boat on the Columbia , in fresh water, under cover.. and the promise of Way less boat maintenance sealed the decision. So we took ownership the first week of November and have been getting used to a different kind of yachting. Our girls miss the huge amount of space Volunteer had and as they have grown up on her just miss her in general. I am getting over the fact I will not need to do ANY painting or varnishing and will now need to become proficient at waxing... and adding fuel to a very fuel thirsty 25kt boat.* Friends have asked if we made the right decision.... too soon to tell, but I do like the the new boat... and her speed!. I hope to continue on this forum for a while... I also have my eye on a steel hull trawler that needs a complete refit and new house.** Well I best go... I need to go shopping for some gold chains and hair gel!
on a side note, Volunteer has a new owner with thew ability to do anything he wants to the boat... and she is snug inside his 35'X85' boathouse where her maintenance will drop to almost nothing.. and her varnish will stay perfect for years... that makes me happy..
the two attached pics, one is the first day of ownership of the new boat ... the second is the last day of ownership of Voulnteer...
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HollywoodThanks for the post. It's always interesting to hear other folks stories of changes in their boating. As much as love the traditional lines of a boat like Volunteer, I am the last one to be trusted with taking care of a boat requiring paint and varnish. As to the new boat, I know you'll have lots of fun on her. Our first boat was a Bayliner Ciera sunbridge. Those Sea Ray Expresses are awesome. I know your Admiral likes it.
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