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Old 30-10-2007, 17:06   #16
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Frost,

You definitely are, but not more than the rest of us.
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Old 30-10-2007, 17:15   #17
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Frost...don't bother with storage...just sell the stuff or give it away. If it doesn't fit on the boat or if it isn't a tool, you won't be needing it. Storage rent is one of the greatest mistakes I hear about from cruisers...They all wished that they had just disposed of the crap after 3 years.
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Old 31-10-2007, 00:12   #18
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Hey Frost,
Im posting this a day late, but maybe you will see it. Im trying to get into the same "boat". I sold my house paid off all my bills and only owe health and car ins. on a monthly base. Im 39, no wife or kids so Im free in that aspect. Im not new to just taking off for a few years though. I left of the USVI for a week vaca. but stayed for three years. Best thing Iv ever done. Im doing it again, but hopefully on a boat. I think I have found the boat, now were neg. price. Maybe I will see you somewhere south and laugh about our crazy friends who are sitting in rush hour traffic while we enjoy a cold one in a warm harbour!!!!
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Old 02-11-2007, 22:52   #19
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Hey all,
Just wanted to update that I am writing from my boat in Jacksonville, FL. I closed on Thursday and spent today sailing her around the ICW and St. Johns River. Don't know what's next, but I'm aboard my floating home now. I'll go home in a couple weeks to empty the house out, spend Thanksgiving with the family, then back to FL.
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Old 02-11-2007, 23:18   #20
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:41   #21
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You might want to keep your boat up around Jacksonville or St. Augustine where it's more affordable until you are ready to make your jump to the Bahamas. Things are more expensive and more crowded further south.

If you are young and healthy and have a boat, you have everything you need for an awesome adventure.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:49   #22
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You don't need to go home, you ARE home.
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Old 03-11-2007, 17:47   #23
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Congrats. I am jealous. Keep us informed of your adventures. What did Jimmy Buffet say,"Before I knew what cash flow meant . . . I didn't fit the part to dumb or too smart . . . We are the people our parents warned us about." might be two songs.
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Old 03-11-2007, 18:33   #24
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Old 06-11-2007, 13:35   #25
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Thanks for all of the support. Right now I am holed up on the St. Johns River, just south of the 295 bridge. Going to be taking a few shake-down cruises this week. Probably going to try to find work for a few months so I can add a few things to the boat that I think I need before single-handing it through the islands. If anyone in the area knows somewhere that is looking for an IT guy for a couple month contract, let me know! Money and boat electronics don't seem to grow on trees.
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Open the companionway
walk slowly up to the bow of the boat
spread your arms wide
throw your head back
and scream to the top of your lungs
breathe in a deep breath
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yes you are - but you are in the right asylum. I say: if you're not crazy, you're not living ...
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Yup, you're nuts, all right.

Pissing in the wind, man, you are all done-in.

Might as well just...cash 'em in.

Went and talked to the dolphin.

Whadda it say?

Take a swim.

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Very few people regret doing exciting things with their lives. Exciting = risky, so it goes with the territory. I'd rather be sorry for something I did than something I didn't do.
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Someone, please. Tell me that I'm not crazy or going through an early mid-life crisis (at 31)!
31? an old man

I "cast off" at 28 (Secure future, pension plan etc etc) just to see where I would go / what would happen........albeit sans boat .........also with enuf cash to last me 6 months or so......after 6 months I was back home and working. Another six months I was off again......a pattern I happily repeated for many years.

What did I get out of it? A lot of adventures (that covers a multiple of sins ) and many great times with great people.......and I met the woman who many years later became my wife.

The last couple of years I had "settled down" and was happy enuf back at the daily grind (as far as anyone ever is!) with my itch to wander well and truly scratched......for the time being. Albeit now at 41 with plans, half plans, vague ideas and dreams for the future.....and I will admit that most of them did not centre around setting off into the WBY on a boat (heresy to admit this here I know ) Unfortunately the Missus never made it. 37.

I / we are not the first to think "have time" and not the last to find out not always true.........

All things being equal, don't ask "why?", ask "why not!!"

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