It lasted just 7 months…for the most part a relatively healthy relationship. Not fraught with turmoil and emotional baggage, like so many relationships. For that we are so thankful. Intuitively it just felt like the perfect time to be saying Goodbye to San Mateo.
I never imagined that our separation would come so easily.
And fast…oh so fast!
We bought S/V San Mateo while we were still in Mexico, sight unseen for all except Everette and Mitchell. The plan was to live on her at least until our daughters wedding in May, but the more we got to know her the more we thought we’d be stuck with her. Like something sticky we just couldn’t shake off.
The rot that Everette originally thought he could easily replace became more and more intimidating even though he’s had decades of woodwork/construction experience. Not that it was difficult, or couldn’t be done. But just trying to figure out the logistics. Did we really want to go to all that hassle? And not be absolutely sure what we were going to find once we opened her up? Where would we stay while she was on the hard (out of the water)? What would we do with Epic?
Buying a live aboard boat seemed like the most affordable way for us to house 7 of us temporarily in Canada. Sure, its a small space; we aren’t easily intimidated by that. But the freedom to leave whenever we want versus having a lease or other agreement, is something we highly value.
We just hoped that this winter wouldn’t lead into another, ad infinitum, until San Mateo sold.
On a whim Everette listed San Mateo for sale on Craigslist and Kijiji. Actually both her and our Catalina, S/V Quetzal were posted For Sale. Figuring the smaller, cheaper, better-for-sailing boat would be an easy sale we were utterly surprised when the interest was primarily for San Mateo.
Evidently masses of people are looking for housing solutions outside of the norm; many are looking to boats as an option (along with tiny houses, buses, and other creative ideas). Virtually everybody who’s come looking at the 27′ Catalina even have commented that they were looking for a live aboard.
Liveaboards (on average) require less output and monthly overhead compared to a house or condo in the city, and usually places you in a more relaxing environment. The biggest challenge is getting a place to moor that allows live aboards. With long waiting list at the few marinas where they are permitted, the slip (like a designated parking spot!) does not come with the purchase of a boat so the new owner has to find a new place to moor.
The wise man I’m married to specifically advertised that aspect of our boat and the marina at which it was moored. The new owner could just move right on and take over the slip with the best prices in the Victoria area! Great selling feature for San Mateo.
Anyways, it appears to have worked. She’s gone now!
The separation has gone wonderfully, and the new owner is thrilled with the boat. He’s a carpenter too, and not intimidated in the least by the woodwork that needs to be done. Since moving on her, he says San Mateo has turned out to be an even better deal than he had expected. He’s absolutely over-the-moon excited about his new lover, and imagines being with her for many years to come.
We’re just up the hill on the same property as the marina is. Quetzal is still neighbours with San Mateo so we see the new owner often enough to help answer his questions, and see how happy he is.
But we’re on to our next adventure.
Stay tuned to see behind the scenes on our newest project…Our Argo!
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