Originally Posted by jamiecrab
Well wife said we were good to make the move. 6 months and 5 days till retirement
(July 31st) so we are boat shopping
. Looking for something over 40 ft but under $50,000 so we can pay cash.
Need advice and ideas...........
Advice and ideas? I'll pass on giving advice, but share some thoughts with you. I've read all of your posts, so know pretty much that we are on the same path, more or less.
In may of 2011 I made the plan to be cruising in one year. I got a job offer, after having been unemployed for some time. My goal was to work, pay off debt, and get the home sold in one year. I'm am left with 13 weeks, attempting to accomplish my goal.
The home has been on the market, but off temporarily while some major road construction is taking place leading into our subdivision. That is nearing completion, and the home back on the market within 30 days.
If you are really planning to sell the home and all your "STUFF", don't delay. It will be one of your biggest challenges IMO. At least it has been for us.
The Boat - You don't need a 40'+ boat to sail the Keys and Bahamas
. Hey, if you think you need that much space then ok, but it is way different than handling a smaller boat. The cost of ownership
will be higher than say, a 36'. The bigger the boat, the more complex systems it will have=more things that will quit working/need fixing=higher cruising cost. Our boat is pretty simple, and we'll try cruising for awhile before adding tons of the "I want or need this or that to cruise" equipment
. I've been told, the only way to find out what you really need, is to go cruising. You can always add stuff along the way. It's 1000 miles to paradise (Galveston to the Bahamas).
All the best,