Boat Buying Saga Part 4:March-April

Boat Buying Saga Part 4:March-April

If you have read to this point, you are probably shaking your head and thinking-’red flags, red flags, read the freaking flags!’. Yes, our blinders were knocked right off when the third owner of Aningha appeared and even though it was going to be a great deal, we had had enough. After a year of messing around with those jokers, we threw the towel in. The time, energy and expense of bringing a boat in was obviously more attractive than losing everything in their con show. So, we started the online search again. After hours and hours we narrowed it down to two options. One was a 49 footer that had been sitting in Bocas del Torro for a year. She was newer and the owner would offer financing. The other was a Beneteau Oceanis 500 that had been working in the British Virgin Islands for 20 years with a professional Captain.

We were initially attracted to the Bocas boat, simply because it was closer and cheaper. So, we packed the boys in the car, the surfboards on the roof and drove 11 hours down to Panama to see her. The trip was amazing and the inlet where the boat lived was stunning. A private island, with a private marina, surrounded by lush green jungle. But, while everything around her was vividly alive, the boat was slowly decaying, a mere shadow of the boat she once was. Again, we decided we had neither the time or the money to invest into a project of that size. So we drove back home, foiled again.

That brought us to our last options, Serendipity. This lovely Beneteau was so far, so expensive and so perfect. We needed to make this work. We calculated and re-calculated but even with every penny we could offer, we were still short a few, many thousands of dollars. The only thing we could do was put our best foot forward and pray for the best. We wrote the offer. We crossed our finger and bit our nails and waited for three long days. Finally we got an email from the agent, the owner accepted our offer, no counter offer, no denial, just one solid deal. We celebrated that night and continue to celebrate our good fortune to this day.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Chris and Karen, the agents at BVI Yacht Sales. They are professional, honest and responsive. Trish, the captain of the boat, has also been very helpful as we try and do repairs and inspections from 2 times zones away. They have really made this process easy and exciting.

Serendipity Adventure Dining

The “Saga” is over and the adventure begins. Brad will be leaving in late April to pick her up and sail her back before Hurricane Season. A month long journey through the Caribbean, a jaunt in South America, through the Panama Canal and finally up the Pacific Coast to Guanacaste, Costa Rica where we will greet her with open arms and empty wallets. We are so excited to have this opportunity to grow our business and provide our guests with a real luxury experience. This is going to be first class sailing, on a beautiful yacht. Her four cabins are going to make our overnight trips awesome! Her big deck is going to provide plenty of room for our guests to relax, swim off/on back, BBQ, TV, sound system. Brad keeps dreaming of her in the bay, sails up, yellow stripes flashing, smiling clients on the bow. I am so glad that his dreams are coming true!

Serendipity Adventure Deck

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Chris and Karen, the agents at BVI Yacht Sales. They are professional, honest and responsive. Trish, the captain of the boat, has also been very helpful as we try and do repairs and inspections from 2 times zones away. They have really made this process easy and exciting.

Four estate rooms/4 heads (bathrooms). Going to have some great over night trips!