We had debated whether we were actually going to try to sell our 40, or stay with boat we know and that had taken us 5000 nautical miles since we motored under the Golden Gate Bridge in April of 2018. If we were going to put her up for sale, it seemed like it would be easier for brokers to show the boat if she was right in front of the Nordhavn office in Southern California, so when an incredible weather window presented in November, we decided that we would again leave San Francisco Bay. We motored south through almost lake like conditions the entire way, even around the notorious Pt. Conception, arriving in Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island, where we spent the week of Thanksgiving.
From Catalina, we cruised the final 30 nautical miles to Dana Point Harbor where we had a subleased slip lined up almost right in front of the headquarters of Nordhavn Yachts. We rented a storage locker and started removing most of our final personal items that would not convey with the boat. In spite of the fact that we had offloaded some of the larger items back in San Francisco, it was amazing how much more stuff came off of the boat.
The sale of our boat could not have gone any smoother and it even closed earlier than expected. Many thanks to our broker Larry who worked to filter out the tire kickers from the actual qualified buyers. The Nordhavn boats have such a cult following that apparently there are a lot of people who just want to see inside one vs. actually buy, so it was hard to gauge real interest when we first put her on the market. Larry had told us that the thought it would sell within 60-90 days, and we got a solid offer and negotiated a deal within that window!
The next few weeks will be really busy as we move stuff onto the new boat and prepare to move her from Florida through the Panama Canal to Mexico. For now, we will sign off with some photos but we will begin posting regularly to this blog again in the very near future…