I suspect that you , like me, will reach that point of crossing off the last item on the to-do list , at about the same time as you place the boat on the market for trade up to the boat "you really always wanted"
He-he, good point and ya are almost spot on.
But not quite:
My first boat was a Blue water racer/cruiser: 44 feet long and the ultimate in mono-hull crusing..Back then anyway.
She won the 1957 Newport
to Bermuda race
and was a blue-blood race
horse..I saw 10.5 knots under sail and the previous owner swore up and down that 12 knots was under his belt.
Good cruiser she was also with plenty of room and storage
for a couple, and heavy enough to run into harms way without foundering like a balsa sandwich.
Now that I have a smaller and slower boat 20 years later, I don't miss the bigger boat and I am not saving money
or praying for a bigger and better boat...(Dear God, just a few feet more
Not this cowboy.
I am happy with my little tubby stubby CSY 33
and whenever I sail her on the Bahamas
I am really in heaven.
She may not be fast in light breezes, but when the Gulfstream gets nasty without warning and the sh!t are really hitting the fan, she is relaible as a hammer and the crew gets home in one piece every time.
If a million dollars drifted my way however I could see an Oyster
55 @ my dock
, with a $100,000.00 per year maintenance
and operational budget
, including the guy doing the teak
and the mildew and the oil-changes and carrying the groceries and the beer
If the lotto ticket does not hit the sweet-spot however, I am quite happy with the present boat, especially since most of the projects are already done and uh, with only a few small projects left.