Our visit to ABNB Brokerage.
Having (almost) decided that we had the budget for a good quality used boat, we headed to ABNB Brokerage at Crick Marina in Northamptonshire to take a closer look at some of the used boats they had in stock.
We chose ABNB because we'd heard a lot of good things about them. Personal recommendation means a lot to us, and we wanted to spend some quality time with them rather than battle for attention as we would have been doing at the Crick Boat Show a few weeks earlier.
A steady couple of hours drive down the M1 and we were once again approaching Crick Marina. It was pretty strange not seeing the usual queue that we were so used to joining when we'd previously been down here for the Crick Boat Show. Literally two minutes after leaving the M1 we turned right after the canal bridge (instead of left for the show) and parked up outside ABNB's sales office.
Emma and Justin were there to greet us (with tea and cake). We sat and chatted for half an hour, discussing the boat show, and giving them ideas on what we were looking for.
In all honesty we still wanted a new boat, but we weren't sure that we could raise enough money to afford one. The ones we'd seen so far that we really liked were costing anything between £100k and £150k, whereas we could get a good quality used boat, maybe a couple of years old for about £75k.