As we get older we can find ourselves suffering all kinds of little problems. We can find that our limbs do not move as well as they used to, our glasses get thicker & we can forget where we put them!
We recently went on a little holiday to the Med, renting a house just south of the French border in Spain. It was a good time of year to go as the towns were not crowded with rowdy tourists, prices were cheap but the weather still warrented a T shirt. much time was spent travelling the coastline & drinking coffee & eating seafood outside little cafes overlooking harbours & marinas full of boats.
I have always assumed that the sort of boat which I imagine would be ideal for weekend coastal exploring, you know, finding those little bays surrounded by cliffs, with a nice little beach that you cannot reach except by boat, would be well out of my reach so have never really bothered. I have a dukw which I have been fiddling with for a while & imagined that one day I would take it to the coast.
But I made a mistake! I actually stopped in front of a boat sales shop & saw a nice 7 metre boat with a cooker, loo & a couple of beds for a quite reasonable sum! Suddenly visions of pottering along the coast, anchoring up & sitting under a shade in the stern with a cup of tea & a book while letting the gentle movement of the boat relax me leapt into my head! I have the vision now but I have added elements to it - the boat is better equipped & has a diving platform at the rear, a microwave oven & cooker, showers & a little extra bedroom.
I have been finding out about the cost of moorings, where I can take my boat handling license (not required in the UK but necessary here) & the best size to have on a trailer. So far nothing has put me off, but I remember my dad's advice to me when I bought a sailing boat years ago - a boat gives pleasure twice, once on the day you but it & once on the day you sell it.