I visited a boat last year via a broker in SW Florida
that had been sitting in the slip for some time, the owner who had lived aboard for over a decade suffered a mild heart attack and had to pay bills. Every single
aspect of the sale
screamed how difficult it was for this gentleman to part ways with his true love. He wouldnt even allow a sea trial and took the main to make sure it didnt happen. That concerned me at first but after inspecting the typical trouble areas (You could eat off the bilge
and lick the keel
bolts) it became even more clear just how hard it was to put her up for sale
It was in great shape considering that it was a 30 year old "leaky teaky" and I got a peak of his brightwork kit that had dozens of brushes
blocks, meticulously organized by size and use. The man not only sailed the hell out of her, but also kept her well presented.
There was a contract
on the sale
when I saw her, but I begged the broker to put me next on the list in case if it fell through, never the less the entire experience confirmed the premise that there are those that can not only maintain the nonessentials while still doing what a boat was built to do, sail.
Perhaps I am fooling myself, but I always imagined that I could too balance the upkeep along with the initial purpose of having her.