25th May 2010 – Today we went back to Zwartsluis to have a second and final look at the Frantsis. Based on what we could conclude today we would or would not buy the boat.
A friend of Valerie joined us to have a look at the engine and the hull. We had a look at the engine, made it run and had a close view on the hull. In the afternoon the decision was made: we would buy her. Of course we didn’t want to tell the yard the engine was running, but they were all watching us…
In the office of the yard we agreed what we believed a good price. They were asking 5000 EURO, but we managed to get some money off. Filip and I signed a paper and the boat was ours. It was a good feeling, but now it was serious business, a hard period with a lot of work would follow and since the boat had to leave the yard within a month, there is no time to waste!
Welding at the yard was to expensive, they said, but a friend with a transport company could easily and cheaply move the ship to Belgium. This was fine for us!