One day in early August, Mother Nature decided to dump an insane amount of rain on our local area. We get a lot of shitty weather around here, mostly in the spring, summer, autumn, and winter. I was out of town on a short camping trip with my grandkids at the Williamsburg, KOA. I got a call from Bill, who is the manager of the marina where my boat was moored up. The news wasn’t good. I could tell this from the outset when he asked me if I had ever seen, “Titanic”. I had seen it, and that’s when I had this sinking feeling.
Long story short, my boat filled up with rain and sank at the dock. I have to give a shout out to the staff at Scotts Creek Marina. They really tried to save the boat, but it was too far gone. A cleat broke off the starboard quarter and the boat rolled over and sank. For those of you who are not boaters, a boat rolling over and sinking is about as bad as an airplane rolling over and falling out of the sky.
So now I have a boat, but it is now a temporary reef.
If you don’t know what happens if your boat sinks in Federal waters, let me fill you in. The Coast Guard gets involved. I was once part of the Coast Guard, and I can tell you that other than loss of life, the main thing that gets them spun up is pollution. Let’s put it in perspective. Let’s say you crash your RV and it gets splattered all over the interstate. Unless you were also operating a rolling meth lab, the chances are the EPA will get involved is slim. When you sink a boat, and there is even a remote possibility that oil pollutants can get into the water, the Coast Guard is all over it, and rightfully so. This makes salvage a little more difficult, as polluting is at the top of everyone’s mind.
Lucky for me, I had a crack team of salvage experts from Towboat US. I honestly had no worries whatsoever. Geico Marine Insurance was also very helpful. Dealing with the aftermath and claims process was a snap (For the record, I am not being compensated by either company). They did a great job.
The end result of this fiasco is that after the insurance claim was settled, we now had some money to either buy another boat, or buy an RV. We decided RV this time (although we did think about a live aboard boat), and as of the time of this post, we are fully engaged in selecting and purchasing the right RV for us. Finding the right RV is a lot harder than we thought it was going to be.
There are so many pros and cons to consider when trying to find the right type and price combo, it made our heads spin. We have both been convinced at one time or another in the last few weeks that a class A was the right choice. We have also been convinced that a 5th Wheel was ideal. Also a class C…hell we even considered a class B for a hot minute. I will get into the specific pros and cons on a later post.
I won’t even begin to go into all of the scam artists out there, especially on Craigslist. Actually, I will get into it, but on a later post. I think that after we manage to purchase a rig I will have a better perspective on the process.
The important thing here is that although we don’t know what specific RV medium we want to bug out in, we have made the choice to leave. Not an easy choice, but I think it will ultimately pay off in the end.