After waiting more than a year, our new Outbound 46 is finally on its way from Xiamen, China! We’ve been inching towards this goal since we ordered the boat in May 2016—deciding on pages worth of options, dealing with paperwork, and asking an endless list of questions to the owner of Outbound Yachts. He is a very patient man.
Meanwhile, we’ve been organizing everything else we’ll need to outfit the boat when it arrives and prepare for cruising. We have 17 spreadsheets so far, but that’s for another post. (Spoiler: John is insanely meticulous and it’s adorable.)
But mostly, we’ve been waiting impatiently for the last 14 months.
Then finally, on July 11 we read the magic words, “She is at the customs dock now looking good. Attached are some pictures. I promise you the pictures do not do her justice.”
We studied the photos, each on our own computer for optimal viewing. We felt relief she was finally on her way, and amazement that all the talking and planning is becoming reality. John had a look of delight on his face normally reserved for new Apple products.
And with photos like these, it was hard to contain our excitement.
And if you want to see a few of the interior…
And what did we do after we let it sink in that our boat was finished and ready for delivery? We celebrated by ordering a literal boatload of gear (currently piled in our apartment) and, of course, made a few new spreadsheets.