Chris & Family
Our plan is quite similar. We were
scheduled for July '07 delivery
(hull 66), with plans to ARC
across to the Caribbean
. We will have our two teenaged daughters onboard. They are very positive about the experience, but we have had more than one person question the sanity of spending that much time together is a relatively small space. We all get along well, so I'm sure it will be fine.
I think Intentional Drifter also mentioned that his original plan was to join the 2007 ARC
I'm a little concerned that a September delivery
makes for some time pressure in shaking down the boat, getting the day-to-day details worked out, and getting down to the Canaries
in time to join the ARC. I guess July is a prime delivery month, because it allows European buyers to enjoy the vacation
season, still I wonder whether the Lagoon
folks would be open to considering the concerns of ARC participants in trying to get us earlier delivery dates. It would require "re-assigning" hull
numbers, but I was told by the Lagoon
rep at Annapolis
that buyers had not been given specific hull
numbers at this time.
I will talk to my broker about it. He tells me that he has been pressing my case to Lagoon - I have to coordinate with an employer to schedule this 'sabbatical', the timing of the crossing, etc. Maybe if several brokers speak up for their clients who want to join the ARC Lagoon will see some advantage is making those boats available in time for successful particiaption in the rally.
Whatever happens, we are very excited about the boat and the trip. We will have to deal with the circumstances as they come and make the best of it.
P.S. Photos of the boat at Annapolis
are still on my wife's digital camera
, which has not yet come home. When I get them, I'll try to post the good ones.