A vehicle would also be very useful for boat shopping and snooping - plus for when you buy and need to get out and about onshore to buy stuff / fix her up (only so much in walking distance of a dock - and only so much that can fit on a bus )........ideally own vehicle from home so can bring with you the squillion bits and bobs you have already accumulated on the current boat that make life easier / more pleasant..........On which note I would be minded to sell the current boat with only the expected essentials (new owner likely will be using as a weekender and not a liveaboard), even if that includes swapping out a few things for older items (am thinking of things like a cooker, if you have a nice one I would replace with a cheap 2 burner! and Warps and even halyards! (if what you have is recent and good and can be replaced with older stuff) and if you have a portable fridge then replace with nothing )......just don't leave holes where things were fitted as folks feel as if they are missing out - even if not sure exactly what!
That is basically good advice, though I would not go so far as to swapping out stoves and haliards--you never know what size things will be on your new boat unless you get the same one. However, things like binoculars, handheld VHF
radios, safety equipment
above CG spec., etc. are all worth keeping. What I have done in the past is rented a storage
room near my old boat so that I can strip it down quickly and easily. Then I go back later to get the stuff once I have the new boat.
I'm sounding like the Florida
Chamber of Commerce here, but another advantage of Florida
is you can establish residency there using the excellent services of St. Brendan's Isle mail service
. That will put you in a no income
tax state, and they also are great with the mail part too.