WE HAVE--OR ARE GOING TO HAVE--A BOAT!!
I am attaching pictures of our new home. Admittedly, you can’t see a whole lot, but I’ve been thinking that boat photography is really pretty awful. All the pictures are basically the same and they don’t tell you what you really want to know, which is what it would be like to LIVE on it, whether for a weekend or vacation or as an actual residence. I’ve been thinking that I might be able to do something about that, so will keep you posted on that idea.
The boat that we are buying is a Hanse 400, a German boat, about 40 feet long with three cabins and two heads. The second head is unnecessary, but that’s the way it comes and it will be fine. It appears to have quite a lot of storage space, although I think I will probably have to do some sort of purge either before or after we move in in order to survive. Frank and I will have the berth in the bow and Max will have the larger of the two in the stern. When we’ve looked at similar boats he has always wanted the one on the left, but I think once he realizes that the one on the right is larger he will see the logic in his having that one, considering that he’s got quite a lot of stuff that he’ll need to find homes for. If nothing else, living on a boat will make him keep his room picked up or he’ll have nowhere to sleep. Of course, that goes both ways and I guess I’ll have to hang up my clothes rather than letting them accumulate until I just can’t stand it any more.
Since the boat has never been launched and will need some outfitting, transportation comes as part of the deal, so it is being driven here to Empuriabrava (about 100km from Barcelona and worth a separate post of its own) and will be put in the water here. Also included is someone to help us sail the boat to Portugal, since we’ve never done this sort of thing before and need to learn the boat. I think we’ve been pretty thorough about the equipment that the boat will need, so now I am thinking about other stuff--for example, how does one grocery shop to sail to Portugal? Mom? Susan? Ken? Can you help? I’m not even good at keeping a kitchen stocked, so having to do this sort of thinking ahead is difficult. Frank laughed at me yesterday because I’ve started a grocery list and we aren’t even leaving for another two weeks.
Here are some photos and of course I’ll post more when we actually get the boat!