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The smart buyer: Lessons Learned: 25 Year of Boats and Marriage

My husband, Darrell, and I are passionate boaters — and boat buyers — so people who know us sometimes wonder how we’ve made it through 25 years together. We’re diligent researchers and patient shoppers, so I thought I would pass along some of our experiences buying and selling boats over the years.

Making a decision to buy or sell a boat can be amazingly stressful. People take sides. People get attached.I’ve seen two people look at the same boat on the same day and hear one say, “My life will end if we don’t buy this boat!” and the other say, “Your life will end if we do.”



Once a carriage house, it’s now a castle

The house was constructed as an accessory building for Norumbega, the estate of Joseph Stearns,While looking for a home on Maine’s premier sailing waters Sam Rowse discovered the Carriage House, a run-down stone castle-like structure in Camden.

The New Hampshire resident was drawn to the turreted building because of “its uniqueness, its history, the work required to restore it and its proximity to Penobscot Bay,” Rowse says.



Rockfish, a Liberty ship and southbound sailors

It’s early November as I write, and the deep-water sailors who like the mouth of the Chesapeake as a departure point for the Caribbean are ready to go. The insurance companies that have latitude restrictions generally lift them Nov. 1, so there are usually some departures at this time, including the Carib 1500 and Salty Dog Caribbean rallies.



Abandoned workboat watercolor by James Iams

James Iams has been painting the bays, backwaters, creeks and coves of Maryland’s Eastern Shore for more than 60 years. “Abandoned Workboat,” a 12-by-16-inch watercolor, blends the knowledge of a sailor and the eye of a painter in the subtle shades used to depict the wintry gray sky and the pale, decaying workboat beached on the brown marsh.



Rocket Ride

A restored Owens has new life as a working photo boat.

When Bildahl saw the free boat, he immediatly fell in love with her lines - good thing because she was looking pretty rough.“Free Boat.” Many of us who are boat-obsessed have turned our heads to a classified ad such as this at one time or another. For most of us, reality sets in quickly, and we move on.

Not John Bildahl. The Annapolis, Maryland-based marine photographer was looking for a new photo boat, having finally sold Xposure, the 1970 Allmand 25-foot runabout that he had resurrected a decade earlier.



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