I am still here. I have Annie's book and I have read Beth's book. Both are inspiring.
I have spent some time considering the replies.
Perhaps I should not have said that it feels like our dream is broken but the initial responses were not encouraging.
If we carry on working and take out loans we could buy a more expensive catamaran
but that is not what it is about. We are happy to go with something more modest so we can go cruising sooner rather than later. Our $190K boat budget
is nothing like a Ferrari budget
terms. We could happily live with a Volkswagen rather than a Ferrari. If we can find a less expensive catamaran that ticks the right boxes then great but we are catamaran people through and through. We are trying to keep an open mind though including considering taking on a project
but that would depend on what/where/how much.
This is not about whether someone has a bigger or better boat than us. That is crazy and irrelevant.
Chartering might be a good idea for some but not for us. We know what we want to do.
We would not rent out our home or invest in real estate as we would be too far away to deal with any problems. Part of our cruising budget would be invested through a financial adviser to produce an income
. The rest we would look after ourselves.
We are homely people (meaning we like being cozy and comfortable, as in one's own home). We also enjoy nature, wildlife, walking, exploring, kayaking, photography
, reading, etc. We are not the kind of people who get easily bored. We prefer quiet anchorages
and are happy to drift along at 3 knots to get there rather than fire up an engine
, unless we have to get through a tidal gate or want to avoid making an unfamiliar landfall during hours of darkness. I can do most maintenance
myself and what I don't already know I can teach myself PDQ
. We can be quite self sufficient and don't need to spend money
all the time for entertainment. Anyhow when guests arrive they get accommodation for free so they can pay for the entertainment!
So with the comments received we are leaning towards possibly spending less if we can find what we are looking for but I don't want to turn this into a boat search discussion as we have that covered.
Thank you for your replies. They have provided much food