I do believe that we’re getting closer!
I have been working hard to keep the supporters of our Real Sailing Adventure informed about our progress, without boring the rest of our blog readers by posting the details daily. A little over a week ago, after a frustrating multi-day battle with Paypal, I refunded $30,000.00 to the 6 couples who had sent us funds to secure their spots. No matter what documentation that I provided to Paypal, and I understand that one of their representatives even phoned at least one of our future guests, they would not release the funds until we had completed at least one sailing trip. Obviously that wasn’t going to work so I simply sent everyone back their money. The last few days have been spent working to recollect those funds by alternate methods, and as of yesterday, we have 7 couples who have either paid, or have their money on the way. That’s awesome!
One of the boats we have been looking at.
Hand in hand with our work in the boatyard, cleaning up ZTC to be put on the market, we have been investing time and energy talking with numerous boat brokers representing a variety of vessels for sale. We have looked at sailboats in St. Martin, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Martinique, Panama and mainland USA. On my computer are numerous folders full of images from various boats, along with detailed spec sheets listing their features (and shortcomings). Are we getting closer? Thankfully, I do believe so! Hopefully those who have been sitting on the fence about joining us will jump down off of it and climb on board. Once we close on a boat, regardless of how many couples we have committed, we will be shutting down the registration (or at the very least, changing the pricing structure and terms). I want to officially thank all of the people supporting our new endeavor. Your belief in us is inspiring. We think that you all rock, and so will our time sailing together!