Payoff

The time has come for me to pay the balance for the boat and finally sign the contract. I borrowed some money, so I can become a boat owner and now I hope that this is only the beginning of a beautiful friendship:)…

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The time has come for me to pay the balance for the boat and finally sign the contract. I borrowed some money, so I can become a boat owner and now I hope that this is only the beginning of a beautiful friendship:)…

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My way

Whenever you are starting a new project, people are always keen on giving their opinions and advices. The same thing happened to me when I was thinking about buying ‘Hir 3’. I will probably do everything MY WAY! 🙂

Whenever you are starting a new project, people are always keen on giving their opinions and advices. The same thing happened to me when I was thinking about buying ‘Hir 3’. It was interesting because my friends who are beginners in sailing, or don’ even sail at all supported my idea… but people who I think know quite a bit about boats were all very much against me buying a boat in such a bad condition and they wanted to talk me out of it…

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I decided to buy ‘HIR 3’ because I just thought it was the right thing to do and that if I didn’t do it, that I would probably wonder for the rest of my life if I should have done it.

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Now that I started restoring her, everyone support me (at least they say that they do:), but again everyone has their own idea what I should do and how I should do it. Some people say that I should completely remove the interior and start from scratch, others have ideas on what to do with the deck equipment… I fell lucky that over the years I have learned a thing or two about boats, so I always listen to what everyone has to say, but in the end… I will probably do everything MY WAY! 🙂

5 reasons why I bought a boat

It’s really difficult to rationalize a boat purchase, but when you spend all that money on something (and this is only the beginning), you just have to justify it to yourself somehow. For your own mental health and peace of mind.
Size, type, model, price, equipment, condition, location… all of that is irrelevant. You just have to fall in love with her! 🙂

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It’s really difficult to rationalize a boat purchase, but when you spend all that money on something (and this is only the beginning), you just have to justify it to yourself somehow. For your own mental health and peace of mind… so my top 5 reasons why I bought a boat are…

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5. Investment. Believe it or not, buying a boat is the best investment in the World. You are always gambling with your money whatever you do. Stock market, real-estate market crash, cars lose value fast, so the only money that is actually yours is the one you have already spent. I invested in something I love, so I’m thinking it’s a safe investment. Buying a boat is really the only smart thing you can do with your money 🙂

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4. Lifestyle. Living on the boat, or at least spending a lot of time on the water is the best lifestyle I can imagine. A boat will not just take you to many beautiful places where otherwise you couldn’t have gone, but she will do it in style… Owning a boat is also very cool. You can invite friends or business partners, or even make new friends 🙂

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3. Health. Spending time on the water is good for your health, both physical and mental. You can really relax and unwind while sailing on the boat far away from everything and everyone. It’s a healthy way of living. You can even exercise and drink beer at the same time 🙂

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2. Fun. Sailing is the most fun you can ever have (besides sex, of course)… and you can even share the experience with your crew. You can really get in touch with nature, sea, waves and the wind. It gives you freedom not only to sail away, but also to have fun while doing it.

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1. Love. Well, it’s really the best reason to do anything and everything, isn’t it? To be completely honest, I have to admit that the previous four reasons were just my attempt to justify myself, but the truth is that you simply have love boats and sailing. That’s all there is to it.

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One final advice for people who are considering to buy a boat: Size, type, model, price, equipment, condition, location… all of that is irrelevant. You just have to fall in love with her! 🙂

‘As is’ condition…

A term used to describe a sales transaction in which the seller offers goods in their present, existing condition to prospective buyers.

I have agreed to buy ‘HIR 3’ in ‘as is’ condition…

‘AS IS’ – A term used to describe a sales transaction in which the seller offers goods in their present, existing condition to prospective buyers…

Decision time…

I have seen the boat, I took a few pictures, talked a lot with the owner and now I had to seriously start thinking about what to do next…

I have seen the boat, I took a few pictures, talked a lot with the owner and now I had to seriously start thinking about what to do next. I really had only two options. The first and probably much more logical would be to erase the photos and forget what I saw. second option was to let the emotions take over and start negotiating about taking over the boat.

I always wanted my own boat and despite the fact that I never had the money for one, I was always looking for one that would be right for me. For years I have ben searching ads on the internet, I even went to see a few, but I never really got even close to actually buying a boat.

Recently, one of my friends found a boat he liked and asked me for advice. I gave him my honest opinion about that particular boat and equipment, but I concluded with one sentence I will never forget. I said that nothing really matters, except that you should ‘fall in love’… If I was to listen to my own advice, the decision would be obvious. This was a legendary boat, I learned to sail on that boat, I liked the way she looked and I didn’t want to see her go, so I decided to go for it…

Unfortunately, when it comes to negotiating about prices, I am really bad at it. I always agree to what people say. I never mastered that skill and negotiating about the price is always embarrassing to me. The owner gave me an offer, we discussed it a bit and I said that I would have to think about it. So I kept thinking about it… and finally decided to buy the boat! I had to agree that contract details and price would remain confidential, but I can honestly say that (not for the first time) I paid too much…

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