Meaning: 1. Something dear or meaningful to you. 2. Something very expensive.
Caro is Italian for 'something dear to you,' or, more appropriately, 'something very expensive.' In this case, my boat is enormously guilty of supporting both of those meanings.
Caro is a 2004 Maxum 2500 SE Cruiser. She sleeps two in a mid-cabin and two in the convertible dining area in the bow. She has a modest kitchen and a wet-head in which I can fully stand (a consideration that I had never thought of during the purchase, but which is infinitely important!).
Boats are funny creatures; saying you want a boat is like saying you want to retire. Then what!? It's one of those things that you can't really anticipate until you're there. At the time, we had moved up from a 19.5' Bayliner bow-rider, and we knew we wanted something with which we could travel and stay in and around Long Island Sound. Now that we've been on it for a few summers, we have a Love/Don't Love list:
Love: Stand-up head, newer styling, compact size for handling and paying for marina space, duo-prop outdrive, low draft (3')
Don't Love: No generator, too small for 4ft head-seas (painful memories), no engine redundancy
All in all, Maxum makes a heck of a boat, and Caro has brought us to faraway places through great trauma in some nasty LI Sound chop (think it's a 'protected' waterway? Think again!). Check out this short video we made in honor of my beloved mini-ship, and feel free to share your waterborne love affair with us!