And Yet I found myself looking at boats for sale every day. I should repeat, I had zero business browsing YachtWorld.com as if I would just “click to buy” like I do on Amazon. I was not a yacht broker, and I didn’t have oodles of extra money just lying around in a boat fund. This yachtworld habit, which I will hear by refer to as the “YWH” started after I graduated from college in 2008.
I had always liked boats, sailing especially, but my experience was launch driving, teaching kids to sail dinghies, cruising to beaches in Boston Whalers and racing on any kind of boat I could find a ride on. I had never cruised a boat, and my parents didn’t own a boat big enough to sleep on. I just knew I liked boats, and wanted to sail more, and really get into bigger boats. I enjoyed walking boat shows then, and I still do! Again, I browsed boats for sale online as frequently as normal people check the weather, but I had no business doing so. I was just a tire-kicker.
Fast forward a few years and I at least had worked some jobs as crew on boats that earned me experience, and some money. I also attended the Landing School of Yacht Design, which was intended to get me launched into a yacht design career, but given the economic climate of 2010 when I graduated from that program, it did not pan out as black and white as it was supposed to. However I did get a job at a world wide sailboat hardware and rigging manufacturer brand, Ronstan, where I was able to put my technical skills to use and think about owning a boat full time again. The YWH picked up where it left off, and spread across printed publications which feature brokerage ads in the back. I savored the back pages of Soundings Magazine because I so loved the brokerage ads, and I thought I might find my boat. I never did find my boat there, but it did help me to understand the reality of how much it would cost to not only purchase the boat, but then pay for all the other expenses that come along with ownership. I also learned that the boat for me was going to be a simply designed sloop, with a classic looking sheer line. It was an ad for a Hinckley Pilot Boat (an early 35 foot Sparkman & Stevens design) and the Bermuda 40 which turned my search in the direction of what are commonly referred to as “plastic classics”, classic wooden yacht lines built in fiberglass, usually single skin glass throughout.