Sunday, October 2, 2011

Did I Mention

Perhaps a little backtracking is necessary to explain the title of this post – without repeating the entire rant post. You can easily do that be reading about it.

Over a week ago, I posted ranted how Grenville had tried to sell the deck boat he bought a couple of years ago by advertising locally. Lots of tire kickers, but no buyers. So, I posted it on eBay and we got of views, some “watchers,” then EUREKA a winning bid.

SOLD 2If you read the previous rant post, you would understand WHY I wanted to scream vs. celebrate initially. The buyer IS the guy who won the bid and YES he lives in Alberta, Canada as noted earlier. YES, we did get the deposit FINALLY way past the 48 hours it was required after auction end.

It was deposited into PayPal – but that was just a start.

More emails requesting how and when the balance due would be paid. Lots of details to work out before we leave on an extended road trip tomorrow.

Biggest one – HOW to get the $$ payable in USD. I learned about the ins and outs of international sales (cause even though Canada is neighbor to the U.S., this is still considered international). FINALLY, payment was made through PayPal with the buyer agreeing to pay the necessary fees, cause PP always gets a cut.

END of story? Not quite, cause then it’s a series of email exchanges over HOW the boat will be picked up before we leave, if possible, and if not what are the arrangements. Ben emails us that he’s working on that, then another emails to tell us that shipping deal fell through, but he’s working on another one. FINALLY, late Friday night Ben, we get another email to let us know he’s lined up another one.

WHERE is he coming from? – are you ready – Texas !

We spoke to the shipper (John) today who told us that while his transport business is based in Texas, he lives in – ready or not – Los Angeles, CA. He’s picking up the boat and towing it with his pickup to Montana, where Ben or his designee will pick it up for transport across the border. We’ve signed all the necessary papers and prepared Bills of Sale after learning two separate ones were needed for the border crossing: one for the boat and motor, another for the trailer.

Coincidentally, our homeowners insurance is due this month. It was with much happiness that we called the insurance company to say:

We SOLD the boat – take it off the policy!

I may have mentioned once or twice many times in the earlier post that we really wanted to sell it.

NOW, we can have fun on our road trip to New Hampshire this week. We liked Maine so much last Oct that we’re going back to New England and we will be posting all about the adventures.

Sometimes things turn out best when least expected to do so.. 

(Aside to fellow blogger and Canadian , Anvilcloud, you won’t have to pick up the boat.)


Pat transplanted to MN said...

Wow and good for you, so much to deal with on a sale that you have got to celebrate! Hmm, maybe I need to put Jerry's Harley sportster motor cycle on Ebay? He bought it 3 years ago for his birthday, a had to have, and then learned the arthritis in his left hand would preclude him from riding safely. Have not been able to sell locally despite his assuring me it was such a deal and motor cycles are very popular here. Grr. It is the thorn in my side. He has covered it with a tarp because when I see it in his garage which is also the motor home house, I fume. But your post just as I was about to sigh and get off the computer came congratulations to you! I know that decreas$e on the homeowner$ policy will be welcome!

Country Mouse Studio said...

Congratulations and have a good trip, I'm glad he finally came through for you.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Pat, selling locally didn't get us anywhere. My only "regret" is that we didn't list the boat on ebay sooner when the spring/summer boating season was in gear. Still we were happy to have found a buyer after so many locals called, came over and never called back. The boat in the yard had become a thorn in BOTH our sides. Jerry's Harley might well sell online qnd you (or he) might want to give it a try.

THaks Carole, we're glad too and now we will definitely have a happier trip.

Daisy said...

Thank goodness, you got it taken care of. Sounds like it was quite an ordeal to get all the details worked out!

Sandra said...

YIPEEEEEE your boat found a new home. congrats

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Daisy, it was more paperwork and emails than I had anticipated, but the end result was well worth the trouble cause by the time we return, it will be long gone...YEAH!

Sandra, our sentiments exactly. THANKS!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Guess you two are living proof of the old joke about the two happiest days in a boat owners life? (The day you buy it and the day you sell it!)
Thank heavens for ebay! I love it!

Anvilcloud said...

This is just wild.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Grace, you got that right and the other saying goes that a boat is a large hole in which you pour money into. And, if it's a sailboat, it takes you nowhere slowly at great expense.

AC, it certainly was that and fact does seem stranger than fiction in this case. Stuff like this is even hard to make up!

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