I've been reading these forums
off and on for about five years now, and recently joined. I guess this would kind of be an introductory post.
My wife and I would like to retire to a sailboat. Probably somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico
or the Caribbean
. We've scouted Corpus Christi, and we kind of like it.
This will obviously require planning.
We're also not exactly sure what our resources are going to be at that point. We carry ZERO debt, have cash in the bank, and may be able to sock away as much as $120,000 in savings by retirement
. But then again, at age 40 I lost
everything (I was 18 months away from having my home paid off), and had to start over again. We're planning on a modest, blue-collar type retirement
We're also not exactly sure what our needs will be at that point. At this point, we're wanting to cut our ties to land (i.e. no part time reitirement jobs) and just cruise
. But we also realize that some folks arrive at that point and end up just using the boat as a floating condo. It is our goal to be honest ourselves on this. I'm not interested in rebuilding a basket case, but I don't mind putting a little sweat equity into the project
We intend to plan in broad strokes at this point, remain flexible, and as the time approaches, we will bring our plan into a finer focus.
situation is that I'm 48 now, and intend to retire at 58. I'm in good shape- I did my first Triathlon recently. My wife is 15 years younger than me, and is also in great shape. She is my best friend, she looks like a Hooter's Girl, and she is more fun than giving two toys to three kids
. I have a government
retirement plan that will provide for us. If Social Security
is still around in 10 years, that may help out too. Having done my own home repairs
for 20 years and having spent even longer in auto repair, I think I have a skill set that is compatible with making a go of this. We have several family
members who have lived on their sailboats for about the last 10 years, and have spent enough time with them to be comfortable with this.
Since we don't know what our needs will be, we don't know what kind of boat we will want. On Yacht World, we look at everything from Downeaster 38s to Formosa
51s, but I also take a peek at J/Boats between about 30-40 feet when my wife isn't paying attention.
Without going into too much detail, we are the kind of folks that have the determination required to pretty much accomplish anything that we set our minds to, combined with just enough smarts and money
to pursue this goal. I guess we're going to be learning
a lot over the next 10 years.