None Such Like It: An enlightening voyage through the nine stages of boat-buying grief

By Annie Dike

“Bilge? What bilge?” “Sink? It cant sink … can it?” First he was in shock, then he was angry. Then he pretended like it never even happened, like he didnt just buy a magnificent chore-of-a-boat that needed to be stocked, cleaned, repaired and maintained. But weve all been there, and I knew one thing for sure. Helping our hapless buddy bring his new boat home across the Gulf of Mexico was going to make for one heck of a story and endless entertainment when the boat—as boats tend to do—started to give him plenty of grief.