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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thank You Caribbean Craigslist!


Sold! 
Header for my Craigslist ad.  It worked!
In less than 24 hours, we were the happy recipient for a C-note in exchange for the inflatable kayak my husband regularly cursed.  Our buyer was thrilled to spare himself the $160 Sea Eagle wanted to charfge for shipping.

Don’t get me wrong – the kayak, a Sea Eagle 370 “Deluxe Package” was in very good shape and a nice kayak, too.  It’s just that 32 bulky pounds of an infrequently used kayak taking up space in a heavily used lazerette just didn’t make sense.

I wanted a kayak I could get to quickly, toss in the water with no preamble and go.  The Sea Eagle, which came with our boat, was a hassle to unearth and too big once inflated to leave that way anywhere in, on, or around our boat.

When I spotted a brand-new 1-person, plastic sit-on-it kayak with a paddle for $249, Wayne said, “Get rid of the inflatable and you can get it.”  We can secure it to our safety lines, which keeps out out of our lazerettes and is a good quick-release location.

Faster than you can say “Craigslist” I went for it.  Found Craiglist Virgin Islands.  Checked the competition and sales alternatives.  Looked up my kayak’s specs.  Converted all the metric data to imperial.  Posted the ad and…. Sold!

Now I just hope the kayak I want to buy will still be available when we go there and spring for a cab ride back.  We’re waiting until just before we depart St. Thomas to make the best use of a trip to Cost U Less to provision again before heading off the more expensive Bahamas.  Meanwhile, we still await the status of what we believe is the culprit to our dead diesel.

Even if the kayak that inspired my sale is gone, Wayne’s happy to bid the Sea Eagle bye-bye.  That alone was worth the sale.  Whenever and wherever I find its replacement is fine.  A used kayak would do, too. Maybe I’ll find one on Craigslist.