So many thoughts... Thank you for inspiring me.
At 63 I thought could go cruising. Then doubts began creeping in - am I physically strong enough, some mornings I start really slow and achy. I've had a RV for a long time - it's an ancient 1992 model that I love to fix. And it has all the latest gear
for the road. Funny
thing is I'm ready to take down the satellite
dish since I quit DirecTV at home last year. I'll put another solar
panel in it's place.
I think of cruising in the RV as the same as it would be cruising on a boat. The main difference is instead of fixing things in exotic places on a boat I end up doing it in a smelly truck stop somewhere.
The next funny
thing is my ancient 1992 RV (Winnebago Chieftain) is going to probably be 10 years newer than any boat I end up buying
I'm not selling everything as some do, I have a home base and will sail the season in the Caribbean
for a few months and come back home in the RV for the hurricane
My biggest problem is I have some pets
, they're all getting old too but my macaw will definitely outlive me and I've had him and another parrot since I hatched them and they are in their mid twenties now. Also a couple of old cats - but they're no problem - they fit anywhere. This is my family and I couldn't ever give them up - (I've seriously asked myself that question and some days it scares me to think I might). So I can't just jet off to Thailand
and buy a boat or leave my boat in Grenada
for the season and fly home. All those animal quarantine limitations. So every season it's a sail back to Texas
(closest water to Colorado where I live).
Anyway - having a couple in their 70's considering this inspires me to no end. I've got my boat money
and refit money
set aside and I add a little more every month and my goal is to buy a suitable boat for the family this fall.
At least that's the plan. And maybe sail west as far as I can someday. As you can tell I'll be single
handling all the way - and I'm thinking 40 feet is the size I need to be equivalent to my lifestyle RV'ing.
I do have a question... I have a full machine shop with experience in fiberglass
, auto painting, woodwork, metal of any kind, and the room here to store a boat to work on. It's a 1000 miles to the water. So to paraphrase - do I bring the boat to the workshop or do I bring the workshop (a very small subset of my work shop) to the boat. Yes - shipping
cost $7K each way vs. living in the RV or Boat and not having the resources in workshop space and paying for a marina or storage on the hard
plus an RV park - so money by the month. I question how quick I could use up 14K in shipping
by working somewhere in Texas
and paying rent.
It's so close to a toss up I think the ease of working on it here tips the scale. Plus the locals in my little home town of 550 people will have something else to confirm that I really am a crazy old coot. Thanks for letting me ramble - and I really am so inspired by you.
I apologize for hijacking this thread - it just seemed to fit with my dreams.