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An Accepted Offer!

With the call from the broker, we were relieved knowing at last, but also deflated. We had discussed our finances repeatedly over the previous four days, and had come to the conclusion that we could afford to pay only half … Continue reading

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We Put an Offer in on a Boat!

Though I was done looking at boats in Florida, the whirlwind trip was not over yet. My flight left out of Miami early the next morning, leaving me some time to catch up with a college buddy and meet his … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions – Part Two

Upon returning to Peoria, we both got the car unpacked, cranked the heat, and, then, logged on to Yachtworld. We charted all the Tayana 37s and a few other boats between 35-40 feet that we had initially overlooked. We also … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions – Part One

Leaving St. Petersburg and Northern Light, we had eight hours in the car to discuss the boats we had seen and our shopping plans. We clearly were still not completely sold on any of the boats we had inspected because … Continue reading

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My Pre-Purchase Inspection Routine

While I think we have always done a good job of inspecting the boats we are looking at, our technique has definitely improved with practice over the past month.  More than one broker has commented that we look like we … Continue reading

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On Our Way Home from Strictly Sail

We are on I-55 heading south from Chicago, and it is snowing and slushy, and we already stopped to buy a gallon of wiper fluid because we ran out.  Yes, we are on our way home from Strictly Sail, where … Continue reading

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Chicago Strictly Sail 2014

Academics frequently go to conferences, and we are no different in that regard.  At them, we present papers and listen to others give them, interview for jobs or interview others, and spend time at the book exhibit, browsing through the … Continue reading

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An Update on Our Search and Plans

I thought I would break up our recent string of boat reports by trying to explain a little about where we are at in our search process. We had started looking at yachts in earnest during the fall, when we … Continue reading

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Addendum to Our Valiant 40 Suwendejen Post

After writing our post on Suwendejen, I started having second thoughts about the boat.  After being aboard her, I had crossed her off our list.  However, while writing the post, I started to think a little more about the possibility … Continue reading

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So Bella, a Passport 42 (another joint post)

As Margaret and I investigated various bluewater boats on Yachtworld, one of our favorite designs continued to be the Passport 42. It is at the top end of both the size of boat and budget we are considering. However, it … Continue reading

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