Item posted: Wednesday 1st December , 2010
Love at first sight?
Column #0 – by jelly
I became guardian of my liveaboard yacht Milestone – affectionately known as Miley – in December 2008. I bought her with my life savings at the age of 18, and she was my first home away from my parents. James, my boyfriend at the time, and I had been boat hunting for a good few months. Our search saw us driving to Plymouth and back twice, and we even contemplated a trip up to Scotland – hello Western Horizon!
In the end, we happened upon Miley by chance. In touch with a yacht broker down south, he suggested we have a look aboard an Albin Singoalla 34. The Albin was well within our £25k-tops budget and a bit different to your AWB (Average White Boat).
Open to all suggestions, we arranged a date with the broker to have a look at the Albin in Gosport. It was conveniently berthed three marinas down the harbour from where James worked and where we spent most of our time.
We arrived at the Albin’s berth to see her rafted alongside a Colvic Victor 34 – a similarly sized, aged and priced yacht, which also happened to be for sale with the same broker. And what a coincidence: the broker, Peter, had brought along the keys for both boats.
Peter proposed we have a look aboard both, but this time, we weren’t convinced: we took one look at the boat alongside the Albin and turned our noses up in disgust. For starters, she was obviously a motorsailor: just look at that pilothouse! And a blue pilothouse and superstructure at that! Our apprehension was overridden by the broker who chivvied us onboard – well, we had to step over her to get on the Albin anyway, so I suppose it made sense… not that we’d be seen dead living onboard her.
So, we did indeed end up looking aboard both boats. And within minutes – seconds, even – of stepping aboard one of them, our feelings were mutually unanimous. We soon put an offer and our hearts on one of them.
So, is it always love at first sight? Am I writing this sat in the saloon of an Albin or Colvic? This is where you’ll find out…
April 18th, 2011
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