It’s nearly 2014, and time for an update on the boat.
We’ve been visiting Eva Luna each week to run her engine and keep her clean and tidy. The marina don’t really do much to look after the boats, so we check that the shore power hasn’t gone (affects the batteries) and run the Webasto (heating) to make sure her systems stay working. Owen’s been going to the marina and running the engine as well.
It didn’t feel right leaving her so empty, so I couldn’t resist putting a tiny Christmas tree onto her. Now wondering what to do for the New Year. She looks so very different empty!
It’s now a bit of a waiting game for us in terms of getting her to a new owner, as three lots of people have expressed a genuine interest but are either selling boats or houses, or waiting for other money to arrive before making an offer. Part of me wants it sorted, another part feels like it’s cutting off a family member.
I’m hoping I can persuade Owen to take us out for one last sail before she goes to her new owner, but the river’s running very high after the storms, so that may prove unworkable. It’s one thing taking a risk sailing on a ‘red board’ river when the boat’s ‘ours’ but she will soon be someone elses. It’s funny how we used to just pass the river and occasionally note that it was flooded. Now I notice water height, speed, colour and even smell – not in a bad way. Water has a very different smell to road smalls, and I do miss the cleaner air on the river.
It’s funny how things come full circle. The people who so kindly let us look aboard their boat for ideas when we were first looking have been in touch. I was really surprised when I learned, a while back, that they had moved back onto dry land. They haven’t, however, been able to resist the call of the water and are now back aboard. Over the Christmas period, we saw some of the friends we’re missing. The cottage I’m living in with the children is lovely, but it’s only temporary (rented) while we sell the boat and build a new life on land. Unfortunately it comes with ‘issues’ (a subject for another blog, another time.) So I can’t help wondering….
Eva luna is for sale. She’s a 70′ broadbeam suitable as a liveaboard. Contact Claire: +44 90) 7771 817015.