Last Saturday, I was called in to work for an hour; I suggested to my partner Simon, who drove me there, to go do the shopping, and come pick me up after it. Well, Simon decided that food shopping meant “boat browsing.” So when he picked me up and I didn’t see any groceries I asked, “honey, where’s the food?” “Oh, we’ll do that later. I’d like you to come look at this boat down the road, then we’re going to see a bloke called Peter, he’s a boat broker at Gold Coast Marina who has another boat for sale.” I obliged, as there was no harm in looking. Well, we didn’t like the first boat and the second one that Peter showed was built for day cruising only. I told Peter that if we were to own a boat, we’d like to spend weekends away on it. Peter asked us to come and see another boat that was also for sale.
As we walked into this massive boat shed, I was in awe of how all these large boats were homed. They were all stacked on top of each other, on different shelves, from the ground to the roof. When people came in to use their boat, it was lifted from its space by a crane and placed into the water at an hours’ notice. I thought that was so convenient. When they finished boating, it was taken from the water and housed back in its space, safe from the harmful elements of the ocean.
We looked at a boat called, “Forever Young”. The name of the boat surprised me, and I told Peter that the boats name was also the introduction title to my Keep Life Simple book, which is being published shortly. I wondered if that was this a sign that we had found our boat. The boat was in immaculate condition, and it ticked all our boxes; it included beds, a toilet, a shower, a fridge, TV radio, oven, BBQ, etc. This boat was perfect; we were so excited about the prospect of owning her, until Peter told us the sale price… OMG! Pricey! I explained to Peter that we were interested, but that honestly, we weren’t planning on buying such a luxurious boat, and needed time to think before we made any decisions.
Whilst driving home, Simon and I made our decision; we wanted that boat, we just had to work out how? We have been saving to buy a house, but now, both of us seemed to have change of heart. Owning a home wouldn’t solve the fact that most weekends we are faced with the same old dilemma of figuring out what we were going to do that weekend. Owning a boat, however, would definitely open up a new weekend lifestyle for us to enjoy. We also decided that we were fond of our apartment and happy to continue renting. Arriving home, we rang Peter, and made the owner an offer, it was well under its asking price, but it was all we could afford.
Simon and I spent the following day on the beach together fishing, and I smiled to myself whenever a boat cruised past, confidently knowing that soon, we’d also be enjoying Sundays, boating. After a restless night’s sleep, we received news from Peter, Monday morning that the owner had accepted our offer and ‘Forever Young‘ was ours! Wahoo!
Did we make the right decision to spend our savings on a boat? We sure did! We might be broke and have to eat baked beans for a year (only joking, more likely, fish) but at least our weekends won’t be boring anymore. This past weekend, we both enjoyed exploring the Gold Coast seaway, fishing, relaxing, and totally loving feeling ‘forever young’ on our new boat.
Going for a smart, fun decision of buying a boat over a rigid, and structured decision of buying home helps Keep Life Simple. If life is worth living, then it’s worth enjoying. What life changing decision have you made in order to enjoy a better life? Tell me about it in the comments.