Until we meet again

They say the two happiest days in a boater’s life are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells the boat. I am here to tell you that I am pleased to break that axiom into pieces. In 2007 we bought a new to us 1989 Ericson 28′ sailboat, to be renamed Nereus. It was a great decision and a great boat for the years we used it. Actually, it spent more time at the mooring serving as a diner on the water than it did under sail. Remember that issue Sharon has with heeling?

I am sad to say Nereus has been sold. In fact, during the sale process we wondered if it was the right decision and if we should perhaps keep it for a few more years. Alas, she has not seen water for a few years and a boat is best appreciated when in the water and responding to the direction of a proper helmsman.

Nereus is ready for a long haul back to the state of its origin, from ME to CA. Ironically (or is it fate?) she is going to be berthed not too far from our daughter, who was at one time going to be Nereus’ next owner.

So it is with mixed emotions that we bid thee adieu, but only for a while. On our next visit to CA, you can bet I am going to try to find time to wrangle the new owners into taking us out for a sail on San Francisco Bay. Heeling. A lot. While Sharon sits at a coffee shop sipping a latte.

Thank you, Nereus, for many fond memories. May you bring many more to your new owners.

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