When we were contemplating purchasing a catamaran, I was set on a brand new one. I was afraid of taking on other peoples’ problems (as in buying a house), and I was a little leary of the word “used.” However, when Barry finally convinced me to agree to look at a couple of used boats, I was pleasantly surprised! There were additons on these boats that I liked and added features that we would have had to buy, or probably would not have been able to buy if we had purchasd a NEW catamaran (such as water maker, oversized generator, TV in salon and owner’s berth, extra shelving in owner’s cabin, and a custom made mattress, to name a few). We were also able to buy a bigger sized cat if we were to buy a previously owned vessel. THAT was appealing to me 🙂 We bought our 2007 Lagoon 420 and moved aboard a couple of months afterwards. As the months went by, we had a fun time investigating the nooks and crannies, finding items such as replacement parts for the boat, miscellaneous gadgets, a hand vaccuum, and a table ironing board…it was like Christmas!
We have been on Beatitude now for a year and a half, and it is home to me. One of my favorite activities I enjoy is going to the cockpit as the music is playing through the speakers and read, paint, work on the computer, etc., as I enjoy the outdoors. There’s nothing like it! I still have a lot to learn and have to admit I am a little apprehensive about “the unknown,” but I am determined to look ahead! I am reminded of the saying I wrote in my first post, “WE CANNOT REACH NEW HORIZONS IF WE FEAR TO LEAVE THE SHORE.”
Living on a used boat, there are some things that need a “facelift”. One item was our coffee table. The veneer was coming off of it, and it was an eyesore. This past week Barry bought some wood and figured out how to make us a new coffee table!! Not only does it look great, but it is special to me because he made it. As we continue to make Beatitude our home for the next several years, we will continue to make some changes here and there, but overall it is a haven where we appreciate our blessings and our opportunity to travel in a way we never imagined.