The garage has been swept clean; all cobwebs have been removed – I found a new broom for a new boat.
Hopefully, the road will be clear for the delivery at mid afternoon tomorrow.
The excitement is building, but my hopes must not be too high.
For sure there will be things that I shall not like; however, the good points will surely outweigh the bad ones.
Will I be shocked, or will I be elated; perhaps neither. I may be moderately pleased, or even fully satisfied.
Never before have I acquired a boat without first seeing her close to hand. I am not anxious, but I want to get over the first meeting, which is rather like a blind date. Incidentally, I met my wife through a blind date, not of my choosing, but to satisfy a friend who was unable to attend one that had been arranged for him.
This is a bit of a gamble, but the odds are good. After all, ‘Minnow’ was built to the plans of Matt Layden’s Paradox, with a few minor changes. The basics are there, and possibly a lot more, because she has been tested by two previous owners. I understand that some of the lead ballast has been supplemented with concrete ballast. I’m hoping it has been done well, and that the boat sits on her designed waterline.
If all goes to plan, ‘Minnow’ should be snug in her boathouse by tomorrow evening, and I’ll know the answers to most of my questions.