Not to worry!
In Tahiti the phrase Aita Pea Pea means “not to worry.” It is also the present name* of our new boat, a 1983 Amel Maramu. Yes, when the funds actually make it out of our account and into the sellers, we will be official card-carrying members of the Amel club! Are we happy? You bet!
There is a bit of a funny story about this boat. When we first heard about it from the broker that we had been dealing with, Stephanie Dupland, who has been fantastic by the way, we were told that the sellers were planing on going sailing until July 14th. For this reason alone, we basically disregarded it, as we wanted to have a purchased a boat long before that. Well, as things happen, here we are. Coincidentally, the day we arrived in Martinique, the 8th, is the day that they arrived back here from their trip. Funny, right?
It’s now ours!
The survey and sea trial yesterday went as expected, without any surprises. They were still worthwhile though as we received some good advice during the process, and learned more about the boat. After the survey was completed and we shared some lunch at our favorite Kebab restaurant, we all met back in Stephanie’s office to sign the bill of sale. I expect it will take a week to solidify all of the paperwork (de-flagging the French boat and re-flagging it Canadian). Stephanie and her colleague are walking us through the process; I can’t recommend her enough if you’re looking to buy or sell a boat in Martinique.
We also need to allot some time for the present owners to remove their personal effects from the boat. I hope to use some of this time to pick the Captain’s brain, taking notes and learning the boat’s systems before we jet off to Grenada. There is a lot to learn!
- Yes, we fully intend to change the name of the boat! In fact, we’ve had a new name picked out for some time. 🙂