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Old 21-04-2013, 19:52   #1
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Planning Ahead

I'm just new to the idea of life on the water. At this point I'm beginning to plan for the future on a 10 year projection. When my children are grown in about 10 years from now, I'm hoping to sell my house and replace it with a sailboat. Ideally I'd like to travel transatlantic when I retire.
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:26   #2
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I once read a reply to a similar post that said "God laughs at plans". Not meaning to belittle or discourage you from your goals, but I've found it to be true in my life. My advice is start with baby steps. They add up.
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:32   #3
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I once read a reply to a similar post that said "God laughs at plans". Not meaning to belittle or discourage you from your goals, but I've found it to be true in my life. My advice is start with baby steps. They add up.

YEah, you make plans and they change, so then you have a plan B and a plan C, but with a plan maybe you start. If he knows what he now thinks he wants to do in ten years he's more likely to get there than if he waits 10 years for the idea. If he changes his mind in 8 years ... so what. For now, he has this dream. Dreams are good.
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:34   #4
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Why not introduce the kids to sailing now?

You don't have to own a boat to go sailing.
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:39   #5
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Re: planning ahead

Five and Ten year plans are unrealistic, nowadays. If you have to plan, try 6 months at a time then see if you've met your objectives. Humphrey Bogart said it best: "Everything I always wanted, was against the law. My only crime, was getting caught." Mauritz
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:47   #6
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Re: planning ahead

Here's a solid framework to get you going:
Mahina Expedition - Selecting A Boat for Offshore Cruising

Or, if you're looking for a more bare-bones approach...

Atom Voyages - Good Old Boats List

Both of these links also have great boat lists.
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:49   #7
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Detailed long term plans may be unrealistic, but having long term objectives and strategies to meet them are not.

Decide what you want to achieve and how it can realistically be accomplished. Keep that objective in mind as you make decisions. The details may change, and you cant plan for all of them, but keeping your eye on the goal makes it a hell of a lot more likely you will achieve it.
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:49   #8
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Ay my age the planning is one day ahead !! Not years! LOL But if I was your age I would start planning to start a lot sooned then you are talking about! The time to start sailing is as soon as ya can ! never waste time by long term planning!! you don't know what is going to come along to crap on the plans!! Seems like a lot of folks Plan well, but there plans never seem to come about !! My old daddy always said "never wait to have fun! always have some everyday !" always worked for us ! We still have some fun everyday !!
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:51   #9
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Detailed long term plans may be unrealistic, but having long term objectives and strategies to meet them are not.

Decide what you want to achieve and how it can realistically be accomplished. Keep that objective in mind as you make decisions. The details may change, and you cant plan for all of them, but keeping your eye on the goal makes it a hell of a lot more likely you will achieve it.

YES. As Yogi Berra said:

“You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.”
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:52   #10
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Re: planning ahead

I would ask why transatlantic? It is so over glorified doing a trans-atlantic... Why not just cruise the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Western Caribbean?
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Eeyore0072.
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Old 22-04-2013, 07:25   #12
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Why transatlantic? -Greece, Italy, Ireland, Australia, ... But being realistic, I'd probably start much closer to home. Transatlantic could (and should) wait until I have more experience.
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Old 22-04-2013, 07:28   #13
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Thanks for the encouraging words. At this point it's still a dream. I'll start laying the groundwork to set the dream in motion. The details can wait until I'm ready to take more concrete steps.
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Do you know how to sail? If not thats an easy concrete step to take?
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Old 22-04-2013, 11:05   #15
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Re: planning ahead

Eeyore,

Welcome aboard.

I am on the same timeframe as you and with almost the same plan. The main difference is I will not be selling the house. Possibly renting it out, but not selling.

We went out and bought a starter boat last November to learn the ropes on. Cost wise I have not risked that much and I can ge some knowledge base for a better purchase on our next boat. I think building up to full time cruising may just be the way to go, 10 years is a good window to plan and learn.

The wife and I just took our longest cruise yet, 2 weeks inside the ditch and outside. We are already making a detailed list requirements for the next boat, as our 27 is not going to cut it. We will be buying our retirement boat in about 5 to retire in 10.
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