Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Getting Summer Song started with eBay last Summer. I wanted a boat but we needed a mooring. I'd been thinking "Hebrides". On 23 July last year Amy, on her laptop at our kitchen table in Handsworth, found an entry: "27 foot yacht on permanent free mooring in Corfu". She showed it to her mum who said "Hey, we want this one!" I phoned the seller's wife. I conjectured eBay reputation wasn't worth losing for a scam at the price offered. Besides I liked her voice. "I don't really want to sell her. My husband does." I pondered an hour and realised that what mattered was the free mooring and family agreement on getting one in a warm place. I clicked the "buy now" button and committed myself to the purchase, ahead of sensible people planning visits and surveys. We felt we'd made a good decision when, 6 weeks later, the waiter at a taverna in Agni took our warps so we could stroll ashore for retsinas and tzatziki, gaze on Summer Song and catch our breath and think about buying a house.