Monday, September 23, 2013

Buy, sell, or build a boat

We're not buying, selling, or building a boat. But we do know this. The happiest day of your life is buying a boat, and the second happiest day of your life is selling your boat. If you've ever bought or sold a boat, you'll agree with the saying. This past weekend, we saw two boater friends making a transaction on a houseboat (one party selling, the other buying.) We celebrated with both parties at a local pizza joint.

The people who are passionate about building their own boats (with plans from Glen-L or other boat builders) gathered at Hales Bar Marina again this weekend. This is their fourth year here. This year’s gathering seemed to be a tad smaller. We saw lots of cute miniature boats when they first gathered here in 2010 - see posting of pictures and a video here.

We felt bad for these people because the weather wasn't cooperating, raining all morning on Saturday. Strong winds blew one of their tents into the water. Luckily, it cleared up in the afternoon, and the group was able to carry on their parties and swap meet, as well as walk around to admire each other’s labor of love.

A 1959 engine. What a beauty!

Sunday turned out to be a gorgeous fall day. We gathered the usual suspects to take a leisurely walk up the hill.

Anything exciting on your end?

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  1. I'm sure buying a boat is on top of the happiest thing list. My In-Laws got their very first boat a few years ago and I can see how happy they were. My FIL was using for boat so often (for fishing) he can probably move in there! :D

    1. Amy,
      Thanks for checking in! It's so nice to hear other people having an interest in boating, especially on the west coast (I'm assuming that's where they live). Do you and your kids get to visit and go out on the boat? Boating and swimming such fun family acitivities.