Friday May 29, 2015
Wow, that has to be one of the shortest boat sales in history. But Serendipity is now sold! Six days from the time we first put her on the market to when we accepted an offer. Ten days until payment was made and papers have been signed.
The amount of interest we’ve had on her ever since we listed her (even a little bit before, really) has been nothing short of baffling. When we published the post on the blog that she was now available and also linked to it on Facebook, emails with inquiries began flooding through our mailbox within hours and even the following day there were a few people that had started booking plane tickets down to Florida to come see her in person.
Much of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were spent solely on our computers, responding to to the many request for information, answering detailed questions about the boat, and snapping a few more photos of specific areas in question (i.e. thing that may have to be replaced in the next few years). I have to admit, not only was it such a sense of accomplishment that we finally had Serendipity listed and it therefore meant that we had finished all our projects on her, but being given access to sit on my computer all day in our air conditioned boat (did I mention we broke down and bought a window A/C unit?) was soooo nice after this last push of work. It’s funny though how we always want what we can’t have. Two solid days in front of my computer and I was begging for boat work again.
It did take a few days to get things rolling on showing the boat in person, but this week was supposed to be full of visitors to take a gander at the ‘Dip to see if they wanted to take her off our hands. We did have a few cases of ‘I’ll be out to look at her tomorrow’ followed by a message at 10 pm of ‘Ooops, I’m going to have to reschedule’, which means we’d spend a good part of the afternoon getting her in ‘show shape’ only to have nothing come of it. Which was ok, I guess, since it meant less spot cleaning the next day as long as we could the areas mostly polished.
On Memorial Day we did two back to back showings. As usual the morning was a bit crazy with the both of us running around as if we were presenting our boat to the queen, and taking away any unsightly reminders that this boat was lived in and sometimes we could not find the picture perfect place for everything.
“What do I do with the bread? Normally we keep it out on the shelf next to the microwave, but we can’t show the boat with our bread sitting out!!”
“Throw it in the van!”
“What about Mazzii? Do you think it will put anyone off that we keep the cremated remains of our dog in the vanity?”
“Throw it in the van!”
And so it went for a solid three hours. The showings were great though, both parties looked to be interested and asked a lot of questions. The first person we knew was looking at multiple boats in the area and that Serendipity would probably be at the top of their price range if they were seriously interested. The second person however lived just on the other side of Florida near Fort Meyers, and at the moment we were the only boat on his list. He came, he looked, we chatted about everything under the sun, and he told us he would be putting down an offer, which we requested be in writing.
Well the next day we did get an offer, along with the request that we deliver the boat to Charlotte Harbor (a free delivery being one of the bargaining chips we were using to try and sell her quickly), and after a few emails back and forth we accepted. The money was wired today and now Serendipity is sold.
I still can’t believe how quickly it has all gone by. One minute we were getting ready to sell her, with doubts in our mind if it was the right thing to do, and the next minute she’s already on her way out. I guess the fates have decided, and it’s that they want us to move onto a new boat. We’re very excited for our new adventure but at the same time we’ll be incredibly sad to see Serendipity go. For the last three years now she has been our home, our crusader, and our one sense of stability no matter where we go.
But, what’s done is done. On to bigger and better things. Not that we won’t always have the fondest place for the ‘Dip in our hearts. We’ll always have the memories of her, and even though there were times we’d curse her and threaten to burn her down, that was just our adjusting to an unfamiliar life. She really is the best boat anyone could ever ask for and I know her new owner will love her just as much as we do.
(* I dedicate this post to Ric, whom I know is so very excited to read that we have sold Serendipity)