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15 January 2016

Boat Cards For Tickety Boo


Tickety Boo can be kind of a demanding creature at times. All the other boats at the marina have boat cards and she was starting to feel left out. After listening to her whine and beg for weeks, I finally relented and got her her very own boat cards. She's also been asking for an SSB transceiver and AIS, neither of which she'll be getting anytime soon, so hopefully her new boat cards will keep her occupied for a while.

Actually, I really wish I had ordered some sooner. Just yesterday, as I popped my head out of our hatch (kind of like a meerkat) to head out for my morning walk, I noticed a guy staring at our boat. I'm not sure who was more surprised to see the other. He started apologizing profusely and I clambered off our boat to chat with him (if you saw Wednesday's post, you'll know that this can be a bit of a process which leaves bruises everywhere). 

Turns out he's considering buying a Moody 34 (the Moody 346's little cousin) and was sizing up Tickety Boo to get a feel for how big the cockpit is (it's relatively tiny, one of the trade-offs of our awesome aft cabin). The Moody 34 is pretty much identical to the Moody 346 - the only real difference being that we have a swim platform, which makes it so much easier to board our boat.    

Not many folks in North America know too much about Moody boats, so it was fun to talk with him. He said that he travels past the marina every day on his way to work and I invited to come back one day and have a look inside our boat so that he could get a feel for the set up and condition compared to the boat he's considering. It would have been so handy to give him a boat card with all of our details so that he could touch base.  

After my walk, I headed into the big town of Stuart to pick up Tickety Boo's cards. I ordered them online from Staples. You can get same day pick-up or have them delivered. Delivery costs extra, so since I had errands to run in Stuart, I opted to pick them up. One-sided color cards with a matte finish start at $7.99 for 100 cards and go up to $9.99 for 500 cards. Of course, Tickety Boo got top billing with her name in bold, followed by the names of her humans, her hailing port and our contact details, along with a picture of her anchored in the Bahamas. It's not the flashiest boat card out there, but it will do.

It was pretty simple to design the card online. And, if you register with Staples, you get 10% off your order. A buck might not seem like a lot of money to get excited about, but when you're living on a budget and you have a boat that is constantly wanting shiny new things, every penny counts

After picking up my cards at Staples, I headed to Walmart to collect a prescription. They told me it would take a few hours and I considered my options. Wander the aisles of Walmart looking at things I don't need like banana slicers, cat food and mascara, sit in McDonald's and watch the snowbirds savor their Big Macs or go to the movies. 

We rarely go to the movies - by the time you get your ticket, popcorn and soda pop, you've spent a fair chunk of change and the movie usually disappoints. But, I've been wanting to see the new Star Wars movie and now that I had "saved" 10% on my boat cards, going to the movies while I waited for my prescription seemed like a perfectly reasonable way to spend the afternoon.

So, everyone had a great day yesterday. Tickety Boo got her new cards, I got to see Star Wars (which didn't disappoint) and I didn't buy anything that I didn't need at Walmart (as long as you don't count the brownies that found their way into my cart). Hope you guys had a great day too!

{If you want to see other examples of boat cards, check out Astrolabe Sailing.}
  
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10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day indeed. I love the boat cards. We don't have any for our boat and I'm not telling her either because I don't want her expecting boat cards too. She's still in the shop for her face lift and that's going to cost an arm and a leg.

    We have a 340 Sea Ray Sundancer and her name is Anewatee. No it's not American Indian. Annuity is the pronunciation. Hubby is so clever.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. That is a very clever boat name! Can't wait to see what your boat looks like after her face lift :-)

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  2. We never had boat cards for our boat, but they sound like a fun idea. Looks like you had a great day - and brownies are definitely a need :P

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    1. I don't think folks in NZ really use boat cards - not that we found in any case. Except for folks who have brought their boats to NZ from overseas. They seem very popular with American cruisers, so now we blend in a bit more.

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  3. Happy new boat cards! They look great. I haven't seen Star Wars myself (I'm more of a "Revenant" kind of gal because I see the value in learning how to survive being mauled by a bear) but my brother and nephew said they were a little disappointed with the ending because it left them wanting more . . . I figure that's the whole point in being a movie franchise though. But, yeah. Definitely. Boat cards + movie + brownies = a great day!

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    1. Given where you cruise, learning how to survive a bear attack is a very smart idea. In terms of Star Wars, they definitely set you up for the next two movies in this trilogy.

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  4. Love the new boat cards! Tickety-Boo must we so excited to have them now!

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    1. She was beside herself. She kept dancing back and forth in her slip at the marina. Or maybe that was just the freak storm that whipped through here yesterday :-)

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  5. Great post, as always. Glad to know I am not the only one who thinks boats are living creatures. We have gotten over a foot of new snow since yesterday morning, so I really don't understand why people leave here to go to a McDonald's in FL. Hot chocolate by the fire, now that is a Happy Meal.

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  6. Hot chocolate always makes a meal happy! Enjoy the snowfall and the fire :-)

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