Monday, December 24, 2012

Lagniappe

There is a saying  - "The two happiest days in a boat-owner's life are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell it". I can tell you, unequivocally, that for us, that just is not true.

Day 1 - 7/24/2004
We just sold our first sailboat. She is a Catalina Capri 22 named 'Lagniappe'. That is a Cajun/Creole word that, roughly translated, means "A little something extra".  And she has been. Once we were bitten by the sailing bug, we researched to find the perfect boat for us - under 25 feet, lots of cockpit space, a cabin, straightforward rigging. 'Lagniappe' is all that.

She taught us all the sailing basics we needed to move onward and upward. She gave us the confidence to tackle something bigger. We became sailboat people. Somewhere along the way, during those exhilarating sails on the sound in 25 knots winds and three foot waves, the seeds of a plan to sail away to warm, tropical places began to take form.

Lagniappe at rest
So, we moved up to a big boat. And it just doesn't make sense to keep everything. And we don't have the time to sail both boats. She was for sale here, at home, for awhile. Then we moved her to Oriental, the so-called 'Sailing Capital of North Carolina' for better exposure through a broker. It only took a few weeks for an offer to come in. After 8 1/2 years, we accepted an offer that was nearly 90% of the price we originally paid for her. But, I can tell you, it was a bittersweet moment.

We take consolation in the fact that she seems to be destined for an active life. We hope the next people she trains are as impacted by the experience as we have been.

We are thinking of naming the dinghy on SeaClearly 'Lagniappe II'

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