Just like buying a house, buying a boat is a bureaucratic minefield - especially when you are buying a boat that was made the year you got married.
So the boat has spent the last couple of days out of the water for a full survey and a Boat Safety Scheme certification. This wasn't strictly necessary as the current BSS had almost two years to run, but turns out to have been a good decision as it revealed something that could present a hazard to curious children, especially an autistic child.
Two hours in a boatyard and a couple of hundred quid later later, all is well and the certificate will be signed by the end of the week.
Anyway, the essentials are now in place: home mooring, BSS, insurance. As soon as we have a date for completion of the purchase, we can get our licence.
In slightly less than two decades, this boat has apparently been loved a lot. The surveyor kept telling me that we had found a little gem. Mic & I can't talk about it without smiling.