I’m a bad bad blogger. Weeks ago I teased ya’ll with some potential ‘big news’ and then dropped the ball. What really happened was the deal took a little longer to gel than originally thought (isn’t that always the way?), then deadline was upon me. After deadline, we try to spend as little time as possible in the office and my home computer is just too slow to blog efficiently. So I let you hang. Sorry!
Here’s Part One of The Big News:
Yup, Tess is officially now the property of Art. After just 6 days in the “Too Late to Classify” section of Latitude 38‘s Classy Classifieds, she’s gone. We had four or five people email or call — far more than we expected for the whole month! Two guys came down on Sunday and didn’t seem too fazed at the prep work for the deck painting (we’d stripped and faired the cabin top, and had begun sanding) but neither made offers.
Yesterday morning, Art called to say he wanted to buy the boat even though he hadn’t seen it. He actually was pleased at all the prep work, could see her painted and was thrilled that we offered to knock off $$ if he took her as is where is, saving us the trouble of painting. He whipped out a wad of cash and the deal was done. The other two guys were really bummed when they called to buy her within 10 minutes of each other last night.
In reality, selling Tess was Part Two of The Big News because Part One was this:
Feolena is a classic Valiant 32 that is far more ready to do the Singlehanded Transpac than Tess. I wasn’t worried about the boat doing the race — I knew she could handle it — but I did have two specific concerns that Feolena solves:
- Rob’s back. He doesn’t have the best back, though it’s not really bad. I was worried that his 6’4″ frame would be hunched so much for the at-least-two months of the race and trip back that it would cause permanent damage.
- Radar, or lack thereof. We weren’t planning on radar for Tess as they would really only need it (potentially) for the first few days of the race. It gets awfully foggy on the coast in the summer. But those were the days that concerned me the most because they’re also the days he’d be right in the shipping lanes. Feolena has radar, chartplotter, Monitor windvane, etc., etc.
While we’re sad to let go of Tess — we spent a lot of time and muscle perking her up — we’re also excited to get Feolena ready (a far less daunting task, even as far along as we were with Tess). I don’t know if I’ll blog about her or not but I’ll leave this up for the time being as a reference to other Contessa owners. She really is a sweet little boat — we’ll miss her!