Between March and June, we’re in contact with our Broker Michael Martin often as we agree to meet in Florida in June to visit as many boats as possible to size them up. Michael advises us to window shop the yacht brokerage sites and give him a list of about 15 boats that catch our eye in one way or another. Then we let Michael do his job setting up viewings and an itinerary for the week of June 6th to June 10th. Tracy & I Fly from Connecticut and Michael flies from Ohio and we meet in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida on Tuesday, June 7th where Michael has set up viewings for the boats. We go up and down the gulf coast for the next four days looking at, inspecting, climbing on and scoping out trawlers.
At the end of the week, we’re sitting down for dinner with Michael, and Tracy decides we should both write down our top choice to see if we already agree, or if it’s back to the drawing board. As the napkins are unfolded, we both have the same vessel written down! With the uncompromising help of Michael Martin as our Broker and Curtis Stokes as the Seller’s Broker we end up with a deal within four days of leaving Florida. Next step is to set-up the haul-out, surveys and sea trials.
Tracy and Michael return to Fort Meyers in July after I arranged for a haul out, hired a hull surveyor and an engine surveyor. Curtis and the Owner meet them at the vessel and they spend the day completing all the pre-purchase inspections and the sea trial. With the surveys complete, we are notified of a few issues, which are all fixable, but the purchase price gets re-negotiated and we end up with a deal!
Closing is set for August 25th, 2015.
Once we are the proud owners of our first trawler vessel and some work needs to be done on her, I call Captain Chris Caldwell for help. We discuss the work that needs to be done and since the vessel is in Fort Meyers and his schedule at the time is rather full, he gives me the recommendation to call Captain Geoff Gow for the modifications to the vessel.
There are a few items that must be completed prior to moving the vessel, (some electrical, some bilge pumps, etc.) and the previous owners are gracious enough to let us leave the vessel docked on their property with electricity and water hooked up. They are extraordinary people and we send Captain Geoff over to Fort Meyers to complete the necessaries. The goal is for him to get the vessel ready for the Okechobee Canal crossing before the hospitality runs out! Geoff does a spectacular job and we make arrangements to meet him in Fort Meyers on the vessel in September to move her to her winter home in Fort Pierce.