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1. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Ok, in more detail:

I had been getting emails from Sea Ray (boat manufacturer) to bid on a brand new 2005 Sea Ray Sport 18.5 foot boat set for auction on Ebay (proceeds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). Since the hubby and I had been sort of considering getting a boat, but I strongly discouraged it, I figured...(now this is whats going through my head)..."so I place a bid, it is likely I wont win, I never do anyway...if I do win, Steve gets his boat, I did my good deed for the year and everyone is happy...". Now, this isnt the boat we had been looking at prior to the auction. We wanted a 24 foot boat and my answer was...too much money. So again, I figured the 18.5 will do and he will have to live with that.

Well, at the stroke of midnight Saturday, I check ebay to see who won. Well, guess who won? So needless to say, I cant say that it was entirely a surprise because I put a high bid and no one else was stupid enough to pay that much since you can get the boat a bit cheaper at the dealership...but that was part of the good deed. I didnt care...it goes for a good cause.

I wake up Steve, I tell him the GREAT news, I gave in, here is your boat. I show him the picture and guess what, he isnt happy...at all. So now I am stuck with an overpriced boat on his way down to me from Tennessee. Bad scenario.

We go to the dealership and we tell the manager we want to upgrade to a bigger boat and he says..."well, Sea Ray auctioned the boat, we dont know how much credit they will give you for that boat if you want to upgrade to a bigger boat (and it was unlikely it would be 24K), so we'll have to see...". I am sure Sea Ray's cost is 14,000 or 15,000 so the worst case scenario is they only give me that.

Two days later I finally get the call I was waiting for. Because of the nature of the "donation/purchase", they will give me the 24K credit even though the dealer makes no money when they sell that boat. I figured I will be out 2K or 4K by the time I got the credit, if I got lucky. At least I didnt lose anything, hubby gets a boat, CF Foundation gets more money than they ever expected for that boat and I am happy I straightened the whole thing out.

Moral to the story, never bid on Ebay for a large amount of money without consulting with the spouse first. I tried to do something that would make everyone happy and it almost backfired.

Here are the pics I promised...Hien, be ready by 10 am, Phil, be ready by 2 pm, Isa, I'll get you by 5 pm, CC I should be by your place around 10 pm and hopefully back in Florida by early morning ready to head down to Key Westt!! You are all invited!! And the rest of you too of course (you know who you are), it is just another entertaining tool...I still cant help by feel a bit guilty for buying such a shallow and unnecessary thing. God forgive me...

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Wow! And here I am thinking I was cheap cause I haven't splurged on my own DragonBoat paddle yet. Congrats on the boat! It's a beaut! Hey - now you don't need tickets to head to Monteral in September!

3. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

By the time I get there, everyone will be gone! Hahaha...Steve and I forgot the most important part, we have to learn to navigate now...classes coming up!

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Navigation is good - especially when you are heading back into your slip!!! (Assuming you have a slip somewhere... Or do you just back it in to the water?)

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

(standing on the shore of Lake Superior...scanning the horizon for Anne)
Dammit...where is that woman?!!??!
(Is the on-board potty for me? I sureeee hope so!)

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

You are a lucky devil, are you planning on going anywhere special with it? like shipping it to the carrib and floating on the great blue? or just for local messing about on the river??

m

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

Navigation is good - especially when you are heading back into your slip!!! (Assuming you have a slip somewhere... Or do you just back it in to the water?)

We will have to master the "backing" into the water. Since we are surrounded by salt water, it is encouraged to keep the boat out of the water as much as possible. In a lake, it will be a different story...

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

(standing on the shore of Lake Superior...scanning the horizon for Anne)
Dammit...where is that woman?!!??!
(Is the on-board potty for me? I sureeee hope so!)

Damn! Working on it CC!

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting mim

You are a lucky devil, are you planning on going anywhere special with it? like shipping it to the carrib and floating on the great blue? or just for local messing about on the river??

m

No, not really. Just taking it into the ocean to get away from everyone and my cell phone (I will see how far away we have to get so I can lose my signal ). We have no rivers near here, just in Northern Florida but I dont know how far Steve will want to trailer the boat. We shall see...

This is what everyone that has owned a boat has to say: The two happiest days of my life (regarding the boat)...the day you buy it and the day you sell it. Maybe that will be my saying not too long from now. Yikes!

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Steve loves seafood. Doesn't he?

If so, then he can get right out amongst it ...