They say the two happiest days of a sailor’s life is the day he buys a yacht and the day he sells her. We, however, had mixed emotions as we stood on the quay and watched her new American owner and his Greek charter boat skipper mate motor out into the bay. We had spent so much time maintaining her, she felt like an old house you bought and spent hours getting her just the way you wanted everything- all to hand and convenient- looking her best- only to let her go.
However, on the plus side we are now boatless and enjoying this unexpected sense of freedom- without the stresses of carefully checking the weather and the holding of the anchor.We are now holed up in a 2 bedroomed apartment in Leros, not far from the Marina. We have washing machine, fridge, shower and a sunny balcony- all the comforts of home and have a few weeks to reflect on what we want to do next. For all her beauty, Solon was tight for 2 people to live aboard, and we now feel we want something with a bit more comfort to travel further on the high seas- and to be truthful the Mediterranean environment is not ideal for a wooden boat unless you paint it all white…. So reluctantly we will be looking for a plastic boat next time around.
Nelly makes herself at home on the sunny balcony, what a great view of someone’s fruit gardens, we could get used to it here!
When we started this blog it was all about the journey, and the adventure of arriving in new ports, sharing the scary and funny things that happened enroute. Now we have paused in our journey, and are reluctant to rush into getting another yacht, especially as we have our son’s wedding in September to look forward to- now only 13 weeks away! We will therefore not bore you all with our search for a replacement, unless that is the search takes us to exotic locations! The internet is such a useful and dangerous tool, we find ourselves looking at yachts which Noah points out “you do realise that one is in Australia don’t you?”
We have met so many lovely people on our travels, many of whom have spent over 20 years on boats, which makes our 3 years pale into insignificance. They all say the same, that there is a 10 year bench mark which is often a time to sell up and return to grandchildren/ home or friends. We need to find a much loved yacht that someone like this is selling, so that we can continue the travel and benefit from all the work and experience that these seasoned sailors have entrenched into their boats- or of course we could just rush out and get the next thing we see!!!