That's how the saying goes. So we're wishing for our 'perfect' boat, and choosing thoughtfully what's on our list! It's all about what you give your energy to, as we're constantly discovering as our 'to do' list shrinks each time we focus on one aspect of it during our return journey to the waterways, so now we're testing it out on the blog.
Having worked as a recruitment and retention specialist during 2002 to 2005, I believe finding the best person for a job involves knowing who you are looking for - otherwise how will you know when you find them? It's always worth investing time putting together a 'person specification'.
So here's our 'boat specification' - a list of essentials and desirables for our 'dream boat':
- Up to 65' long - preferably 60' to 62' so we can travel the whole system
- Traditional - but we'd accept semi-traditional if it had other essential features
- A pump out toilet - absolutely NON-negotiable!
- Mostly or all windows - we'd accept a few portholes at the rear, but much prefer windows
- Spray foam insulation
- Stainless steel water tank
- Solid fuel stove and radiators
- Engine NOT in an engine room on the boat
- Side hatch/es
- L-shaped seating rather than single chairs
- Lots of storage space
- Less than 10 years old
- A washing machine (this is actually essential, but we're aware we could put one in, so there must be room available)
- Prefer not to have a walk through bathroom
- A boat name we can live with - some of them are just so off-putting! (By the way, can anyone tell me why it's 'bad luck' to re-name a boat?)
There's no rush at this stage. We have money in UK to put a cash deposit down and our house sale settlement date is the end of January 2013, so we're cash buyers which should prove an advantage. We very much feel we'll know when we find the right boat, and hope to be ready to jump in - but we do need willing and able volunteers in UK to check out any boats for us if possible? We'd much prefer to have bought before we arrive.
So there it is, down on paper so to speak - we'll be visualising living aboard and focussing on finding her in the next few months ...