So here we were.
The boat berthed on the other side of the finger was owned by a real character who invited us aboard his widebeam for the evening.
We accepted his kind offer but were stinky and dirty so looking forward to using the marina facilities which, compared to what we were used to, were awesome. Both of us just stood under the shower and luxuriated in their cleanliness and efficiency.
There were three wet rooms in the ladies and three in the gents, each room having its own wc, basin, shower, hairdryer, soap dispenser and paper hand towels.
Nothing was empty or broken.
We spent an enjoyable evening with our neighbour whose boat is beautiful and he is a gem of interest, joviality, kindness and hospitality.
One for the guys:
It was interesting to compare prices, as not only were mooring fees cheaper here by over £1000, but fuel was over 50p a litre cheaper, a wash load started at 50p for an economy wash compared to £3 for any wash, and drying time was £1 for half an hour whereas we were paying £1 for 20 minutes. Also there were three washers and three dryers in the laundry room which was alongside their moorers lounge.
MSM (and Maggie) came up to collect us just after midday.
Selling the boat was not what we wanted just yet, but we are thinking long term now and know we are doing the right thing. We have met some wonderful and amazing people, formed friendships which I hope continue and learned a lot about ourselves, our capabilities, frugal living and life afloat.
Thanks are due to all the Alans, Sues, Nicks, Pauls, Daves, Rons, Richards, Chrises, Marks, Veronicas, Andys, Julies, Lizes, Bills, Toms, Johns, Ians, Lauras, Martins, Anns, and their counterparts for enriching our lives with their expertise, humour, support and friendship.
Our next challenge will be finding a new home within our budget once the boat is sold.