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There are times, usually when I seem to be growing cross-eyed from researching on the computer too long, that I get hit with that moment. You know, the “Holy (cow)! We are buying a boat! I don’t know nearly enough about boats to know what I’m doing when choosing important boat parts!” moments. When they hit, so far I’ve been pretty good about taking a deep breath, and giving myself the following pep-talk:
“Yes, buying a boat is a big project. Yes, there are a lot of decisions to be made. But believe it or not, you do actually know a fair amount about boats. (Queue up flashbacks of several years of sailing and helping to fix boats.) And let’s face it, your analytical personality is well suited to this task.”
By this point, I’m usually nodding along, agreeing with myself, and then realize that this just gives me another opportunity to build another spreadsheet. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE spreadsheets. They keep everything so nice and organized. So off I go, creating another spreadsheet and all is well with the world again. My lovely Admiral has proven remarkably tolerant of this particular quirk, and to this point, it has been quite helpful in keeping everything straight in our heads. So far I’ve created spreadsheets to:
- Analyze all the features and characteristics (including Performance and Stability Indicators) of different catamarans we were considering before choosing the Helia.
- List out all of the options available for a Helia so we can play around with the different options/costs
- List which options we want installed in France vs Florida
- Analyze the different Chart Plotters (including Size, Weight, Power Consumption, NMEA Input/Outputs, Wireless/Networking capabilities, etc)
- Analyze the different AIS transponders on the market
- List out exactly which electronics we want on the boat
- Keep track of questions to ask our dealer and their responses
Can you tell I love spreadsheets? And we only placed our order for Starry Horizons three weeks ago! Imagine how many more spreadsheets I’ll be able to create to keep track of spare parts we need to purchase, fishing gear needed, where things are actually stored on the boat and who knows what else! And yes dear, I can feel your eyes rolling from here. 🙂