Mission: Starting with my original Nintendo, make a series of trades, ending at a mini-yacht. Realistically I’m after a cruiser in the 21’+ range – preferably a model year that’s not in the 80s! Nothing that needs major mechanical work. My timeline goal is one year (September 2017) but realistically it may take two.
Rules: I’ll primarily be using Craigslist and eBay. Cash transactions are fair game, in which case I’ll use the $ to invest in the next trade item. I will be doing my best to not put in extra cash out of pocket.
Ever since I moved my life/job into a little lake house in central Maine, I’ve had a gravitation toward boats. It started when an old roommate couldn’t take his 14′ aluminum with him when he moved out. He sold it to me on the cheap.
Eventually, the rickety aluminum with 8 horse outboard wasn’t doing it for me, so I “upgraded” (I use that term lightly) to an ugly 15′ glass Bayliner. It was probably a decent boat in 1988, but it left a lot to be desired after a couple decades of its life. I ended up getting into a nice Four Winns runabout, and at one point a 1969 Corson that did a good job of turning heads around the lake.
In 2016 I was boatless, having sold off the Corson at the end of the 2015 season. I was content at first, but on a warm Saturday in September, the sputtering of an inboard seeping in through my open windows as I sat at my desk was just too much. I needed a boat. And this time I wanted to go big. And I don’t want to put up 40K to get it – at least not out of pocket.
I always loved the story about the guy in Canada who started with a paperclip and traded his way up to a 2 story house. While I’m not looking to go quite that extravagant, I do think I have the drive to pull off a fun and ridiculous series of trades – slowly working my way up to the end goal.
I looked around my house for something to start the mission, and my original NES from 1985 seemed like a logical starting point. Not only does it never get used, but vintage video games seem to be drawing in the nostalgia crowd, so it should help set things off in the right direction.
Wish me luck! …or better yet, offer me a trade!