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Wow. I thought this thread had died a natural death....thanks for asking, Scottish.Any update, was it delivered yet?
Beneteau pushed the completion date back to 23 April- so about a month to go. Hull #760 (reportedly) will be ready to leave the factory in less than 30 days! Soon the torture will be alleviated.
It was up in the air until 2 weeks ago but we are definitely going to Charleston and even know the boatyard where commissioning will take place. I'm told the yard and its personnel are really good. I hope so because they are about to meet a picky-as-hell, PITA customer (me).
I landed a nice financing offer, working with an experienced yacht loan broker in the Bay Area- the same lady who was instrumental in getting my last boat loan over 13 years ago. The Beneteau dealer was helpful by agreeing to add a lot of extra stuff to the sales contract in order to include in the financing- so things like bedding (not cheap!), North sails, electronics, TuffLuff mainsail track, safety equipment and so forth, can all be financed.
As for me: This San Fransicko native, who's spent his entire life in the Bay Area, will join over 500,000 Californians last year and emigrate from this once-great state. I have been methodically cleaning out my house, getting rid of or giving away 20 years' worth of accumulated stuff, packing everything else in moving boxes, organizing a storage space (I may return one day- depends on where my kids settle and raise their families); I sold my beloved truck and trailer (see photo), and am down to one passenger car. I have no idea if I'll like the east coast, but the change of scenery is bound to make life interesting. I obsess constantly on the new boat....
I decided to add radar to my electronics package although I have never had it before, never used it or ever needed it. But I figure "Anything worth doing....is worth overdoing!" And besides, I remind myself: this is a cruising boat, not a race boat!
My younger brother, who moved to North Carolina over a year ago, is joining me next month for a cross-country drive- the first time I've ever driven across the continent. I'll live with him and my sister in law as I await delivery of the boat. In the meantime, I plan to travel down to Jacksonville and sniff around some liveaboard marinas (suggestions anyone?), as my goal is to establish FL residency sometime next year, where I'll be able to live affordably and comfortably. I'll continue up the Carolina coast including a stop-in at the boatyard in Charleston, to lay the groundwork for the commissioning by meeting the people and discussing my 4-page (!) commissioning project list.
My bro is going to hang with me in Charleston for a few weeks and help with getting the boat dialed in. Hoping to be able to do sea trials, instrument calibration, outfitting, etc. in time to make a trip up to Newport/Nantucket region this summer, but will not be hasty or in a hurry- hell- I have the rest of life to figure out where to go next.
Hopefully, I'll meet some locals and make new friends in Charleston who will want to go sailing with me, as I'll truly be the new kid on the block.
OK, back to moving and packing activity on another rainy day. The clock continues to wind down...the adventure soon to commence!