Several years ago, Brady, Shea and I purchased a jet ski (above) from Tommy Swann. It served us well but the time had come for us to replace it. In another concession to age, one of many lately, I told Brady that I didn’t need nor want a “go fast,” super charged model. Brady did some research and found a new one at Atlantic Cycle in White Plains that seemed to fit in with what we were looking for – a comfortable, low maintenance, reasonably priced model.
When we got to Atlantic Cycle however, the old bait and switch was in full swing as the model they’d advertised was not in stock and the sales rep wasn’t sure when they would be getting any more in of that particular model. But surprise, they did just happen to have a couple of models in stock which were much better ones, had more features, went faster etc. in the next series up from the “low end” model that we were interested in. Price-wise, all this “over drive, faster, cruise control, tilt steering” stuff meant $3-5 K more than their advertised model that Brady had found on line.
We did the dance with the sales rep and it was worse than buying a car. He “knocked off what he could without giving it away but had to cover his freight, shipping and assembly costs.” (I didn’t bother asking him the difference between freight and shipping costs.) He said that he’d only worked a short while for the company and didn’t want to get in trouble for giving us too good a deal. He said that he had to make a living, that his kids needed to eat and so forth. Bottom line, he didn’t really act like he wanted to sell us anything.
As we rolled back down the road and planned our next move, I suggested to Brady that we try and sell the one that we have now before we went around trying to buy another one. When Brady posted an ad on line, he called to tell that he had seen where a Steve Pratt in Ridge was advertising a 2012 model with few hours on it.
I rolled by the old firehouse to see if Steve had a jet ski lying around but didn’t see one. Later at Buzzy’s Country Store I asked Capt. Jimmy Cullison about it and he said that it was Steve’s son Mark who had it for sale. Jimmy said, “I would have told you about it but you sounded like you were looking for a new one.”
Well, we contacted Mark and did a Ridge-boy deal where I threw in a case of 10 ounce for Mark to give his dad on father’s day and the “new” jet ski made it to Piney Point. Here’s a photo of Shawn, Brady and Lily on it. Shawn and Lily have decided to name the jet ski Buzz, which by the way does have cruise control, tilt steering and goes much faster than I’m willing to try and go.
|Photo by Caitie Ridgell|
Then just last evening someone named Mark contacted Brady and came by the house to buy our old jet ski. As I talked to the young guy, it turns out that his Mom Evelyn had just been in Buzzy’s a couple weeks ago as she visited Pt. Lookout. I told him too that I used to work for his dad Marv years ago when he was a Chief on Base. Mark laughed when he said that that must have been many years ago because his Dad had retired from the Navy in the early 70’s. In another concession to age, I could do little more than laugh along and agree with him. Maybe I shouldn’t be out there fooling around on a jet ski.