I followed Don's, "Pulled the Trigger" thread. I think I've read 2000 posts, by liveaboards and cruisers. I read " Retire onto Your Boat". I've read a dozen Cruising Logs
, many of which simply end one day, alarmingly, without explanation. (Those are the spooky ones.) All the data I could ask for is here. I still can't figure out if I want to cruise
. I suppose the answer is simple. You cruise
until you don't want to or you cannot physically do it any more. Then you stop. It can be three months, it can be 20 years... Seems straight forward enough.
I'm about three years away from retirement
@ 62. The facts are laid out pretty clear to me. My current
lifestyle costs about $100 per day, my retirement income
is about $60 per day. I can't do what I'm doing now and retire. I will have to change my lifestyle. Cruising seems like a good move 'cause living on a boat can be inexpensive. I even have a mostly organized exit strategy. It's well enough thought out in fact, that cruising is not really necessary. I'm beginning to off load the junk I've accumulated over the last twenty years. Getting ready to slow down or stop the excess expenditures one gets used to. Setting up my house to rent. All that kind of stuff. But Human Beings can rationalize anything. If I've learned anything, it's that even with air tight reasoning, a point of view is not wisdom. I guess I'm wondering if I'm really up for the challenges I claim that I'm craving. I will finish the overhaul
of my boat spring 2013. I will be able to sail around for two weeks at a time, most of the summer of 2014. I will get about two solid months of water
time that year, all together. I guess I'm so caught up in what I'm doing now, that I have difficulty visualizing being on the water
indefinitely. It's not like there is nothing to do. Bank accounts must be managed, blogs and e-mails must be dealt with, groceries and water must be acquired, bills and insurance
must be monitored. All the usual stuff made more difficult because of remote
to evaluate, routes to plan, repairs
to make.... I'm tired just thinking about it. Do I really want to cruise or am I kidding myself. I wonder.