This thread is just a means of clearing the clutter in my mind. So pardon the rambling.
Daily, our dream of sailing from cove to cove, anchorage to anchorage is getting closer and more within our grasp.
In 7 years when I turn 55 and the wife 46, we put the sails
up and pour the drinks and meander with or without schedules until we are too old to pull a rope
We won't have a big income
, $1,700 a month Canadian. after healthcare and friggin' taxes
are paid. Not sure if we will have a house to rent off or not as we are putting our daughters education first and foremost.
But if we can't do it on that, then we are just idiots. Already I am practicing. No ice in my drinks
Yes, two small pensions are a lifesaver. when I turn 65, Old Age Security
kicks in also. Unfortunately for me, I can draw Canada
Pension Plan after all I have been paying into it since I was seventeen but the federal government
has deemed tht since I am drawing a military pension, they will claw
back the C.P.P.!! Doncha just love the Feds Jackboots standing on the back of your neck at any opportunity?
So, when I turn 65, I should be able to draw over 2 grand a month!
Now our retirement
boat is something else. It won't be the Coronado 25 we are currently using as our training vessel. Oh the things I have learned about fiberglass
Actually, I am quite pleased with my work so far. Only one project
was a 'Must Do', the cabin headliner
was delaminating. But fixing the deck
cracks was a breeze, Thanks to Don Casey and his books! All other projects are, and will be "See if I can do them" projects.
Our new boat will be at least 10 feet longer. We were looking at a lovely Whitby 42 ketch
that needed a lot of cosmetic work but another marine engineer
bought it for 50 grand. We decided to go smaller for $$$$$ reasons like docking fees
Wifey want 35', I want 37 to 40'. If history
tells me anything, we'll be buying
a 35' boat. NOT NEW of course. Our budget
won't allow us new, and we won't sail with a debt payment eating away at our income
so it's the slow slogging fix to up the big one and sail the small one to death
. I'm not sure what I am looking forward to more, retirement
, or the boat work leading up to retirement! I better not be one of those types that just love re-building boats!
Ahhh, that feels better....later....Allan