Thanks for everyone's thoughtful posts. Returning from the Annapolis boat show
this weekend, we saw an accident
on 71 North, where a young 20-something year old girl was killed. We actually saw them covering up the body on the other side of the highway. It was sad.
Just prior to the boat show
, we got some news from friends of ours. They have been live aboard since 2007, and cruising the Caribbean
yearly returning to Florida
. They had planned a Panama canal passage
this fall, and I was possibly going to help them crew, but now he is going through cancer treatment stuck in Florida
for at least a year. Hopefully they can get back out there.
The great news from the boat show
is that 'The Admiral' was very engaged talking with people, and asking ownership
questions about the boats. It was nice to see her firmly engaged. It also helped that every other Admiral that she talked to had the same story... "my husband dragged me in to this, it took about 2 years to convince me, I wish we would had done it sooner..."
We are now definitely on the 'go ASAP' track. We looked at new boats, but we both drive 10 year old cars, so we are fine with 'new to us, but functional'. We have some planning to do, some finances to get in order, some downsizing to occur, and one more kid to get out of high school
and off to college (or she might come with us and take a year off school
.), but we are definitely on the 'go ASAP' path.
We've also redefined our idea of 'perfect' boat, which is helpful.
1. probably a catamaran
. just couldn't get the Admiral to like the monos, or sailing at 5 degree tilt. Annapolis
also got a little bumpy right when she was on several of the monos.... the sailing gods spoke....
2. definitely used, probably older so we can go faster (i.e. cheaper).
5. systems I can fix myself
as for all the other stuff - manufacturer, solar
vs. non, saildrive
vs shaft, etc etc - i'm just not going to worry about until we are actually looking at boats ready to make offers, and then we'll weigh the trade-offs.
All the best,