It is with sadness that I'm putting Promises up for sale. (BTW, Her name comes from the Bible where God promises to be with me as I pass through the waters.) She has been my friend and protector on Lake Michigan for over 21 years.
We first met at the Chicago Strictly Sail event. She was brand new and expensive; I was definitely not in the market for a new boat because the one I owned was fine. But, out of curiosity of what such an expensive yacht would be like inside, I climbed up the ladder into the cockpit and sat on the port cockpit combing looking down into the galley.
This is where our story becomes a little out of the ordinary. I was the only one on board; the closest people near me were standing on the ground away from the yacht. I heard a voice say "Take me, I am yours." It was distinct and realistic enough to cause me to turn around to look for the source. There was nobody. Roughly five minutes passed and I heard the voice again say "Take me, I am yours."
At that time, I didn't think it would be possible to own her since there were many reasons why buying her was out of the question. So I walked away with just the IP350 sales brochure. And then, by chance, I found the Island Packet Discussion Group on line and started reading the owner's comments which were impressive and fascinating. The more I read, the more I became convinced that Island Packet 350s were magnificent yachts.
Then one warm Spring day I paid her her a visit and my wife asked the salesman "How much?" He was taken by surprise and started the negotiations at a price which was significantly less than what I considered to be the best price that I might get if I were extremely lucky. And she became mine.
We've had many wonderful adventures on Lake Michigan but she wants to sail. I am unable to do that and so I must let her go hoping that someone who respects her as much as I will become her new captain.
On the hard at Pugh Marina