After talking with 'Steve' (no, that is not his real name!) today, we have basically signed & sealed a deal for the Contessa. I am so scared right now. I have never been in so much debt. To keep her up on dry land is costing me a considerable sum, and unfortunately it doesn't look like I can budge him on the price of dry-docking, with a 10% increase if I pay it monthly. Deep breath I hope I can do this. Shaking.
On a more positive note, he did recommend I not have her gel-coated, which is a costly relief. I am trusting a lot of people already, of whom I have never met. Naive? Maybe.