Crossing the line
Earlier this year I wrote a post entitled 10 tips for spotting a charter boat. To say that it garnered a bit of a response is somewhat of an understatement. In fact, several lurkers came out of the woodwork to berate me for what they perceived as my writing negatively about charterers. If they had read the post more closely, and with a bit less emotion, they would have noticed that the majority of the post related to spotting the boat, not the sailors themselves. Regardless, many of the comments were funny, and I smiled as I read them over again today.
One of the reasons for our friend Michael’s visit is that he is actively searching for a catamaran to purchase. He’s narrowed his focus down to a Leopard 4600 and it just so happens that there is one of those big beautiful boats in the Moorings fleet here in Grenada. Not only that but he has arranged for the 3 of us to take it out for several days. Sweet!
One comment on the post I mentioned referred to me as a cruising snob. Seriously? Me? Well here is a chance for payback. This particular snob is going to cross the line from full-time live-aboard cruiser to… gasp… charterer! This could be interesting. Will people make fun of us?
Will observers be able to brand us as “typical” charterers based upon the above-linked post’s criteria? No doubt some of the things I wrote about will apply, although unless we pick up a few hitchhikers, I doubt we’ll be able to muster the telltale 5-6 people on the tramp that are needed for anchoring. Seriously, this should be a fun experiment!
Yeah, we’ve already scoped out the boat.
There’s a bit more room on this tramp to work out I think!