We bought our next boat, and it is a Hanse 531!
Summer has officially started and we still don’t have a sailboat to call our own. I won’t blame myself for not trying, though, because I really have.
The quest to get the “next boat” has turned out to be slightly more challenging than I thought it would be! Due to the current and absolutely ludicrous demand for boats, the delivery time for new boats can run into years (bye-bye sailing summer 2022!), and the market for used ones, well it is both thinly populated and heftily priced.
As a few people already noticed, we sold our dear Hanse 388 a while ago, and at the moment we are looking for the next boat. There are still a few blog posts left to write about our recent summer adventures, but in between preparing those, I visited the Cannes Yachting Festival to check out one possible next boat — the Windelo 50 catamaran.
Short recap: a few months ago Charlotte and I took a leap of faith and ordered a new Hanse 388 sailboat for us and the children. It really was a leap of faith since Charlotte had never sailed before. Now she has.
It’s getting dark and cold over here, and after having agonized for a couple of months about should we or shouldn’t we, we finally decided that life is too short for that, so we did!
A few hours ago I scanned and returned to the dealer the signed contract for buying a new Hanse 388!
We have been online window shopping for sailing boats, both used and new, for most of the summer, and more and more frequently we end up on the HanseYachts site looking admiringly at the new 388 and 418 models. They are quite beautiful, both.
This spring it happened again.
I got bitten by the sailing bug and after that I have been using generous amounts of my spare time to figure out how to get our newly formed family (two adults and four children) a sailing boat and out on the open seas.