Now that the survey shows Patience is in good shape we turn our minds to actually buying her. Alan has suggested a price and our budget has to include not only the cost of the boat but also dry dock, the survey, moorings, insurance, blacking the boat and paying the British Waterways license.
In the end our negotiations are brief and gentlemanly and we seal the deal with a handshake and a pint at the Otter.
Leaving a few days for our cheques to be processed we can actually exchange and receive the keys a few days before Christmas - quite a present for both of us this year. We'll receive the detailed written survey in a few days, arrange insurance, pay for the moorings and it's all done! I'm thrilled!
We'll need to build some benches and a table in the saloon, then start practising all those boating techniques - the knots, mooring up, pumping out, starting up the engine, steering, negotiating locks both together and single handed ... and 101 things of which know little.
Let the fun begin!