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Old 04-05-2015, 16:41   #1
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That's it, I'm done!

It happened suddenly, yesterday I stood back andrealized that the big boat is ready to go. Sure I've got stuff to do, but stuff that I can do once we shove off. Essentially, we are ready to go. Now!

It's a very odd feeling. I'm done.

We even took her out "sailing" yesterday, if 2 knot winds can be called sailing. But we were off the dock and not arguing. Woooo hoooo!

Of course I've got a whole pile of stuff to finish on the small boat, but somehow that doesn't seem quite so imposing right now.

As we approach my retirement and shove off date in the December/January time frame, my Wife is slowly getting more and more behind the plan. We a starting to come together.

Damn, life's great!

(Cue heart attack or something!).
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Old 04-05-2015, 16:47   #2
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Congrats on reaching this point and all the best moving forward.
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Old 04-05-2015, 17:00   #3
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Whoa whoo! Congrats Hpeer. We're not far behind. Some unexpected family crisis have delayed our plans, but only temporarily. We'll see you out there (I hope).
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Old 04-05-2015, 17:01   #4
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Well done!
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Old 04-05-2015, 17:14   #5
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you go!!! before you can't!!

well done-

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Old 04-05-2015, 20:23   #6
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Leave when the boat is seaworthy. It's never 'ready', said someone.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:58   #7
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We are in your area and would like to chat about your plans..we are in the process of buying and getting ready to be in a better place next winter..
Congrats on your progress ..the wives will have a lot in common
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Re: That's it, I'm done!

I'm also on a steel boat, should be ready for a shakedown late this year and shove off next year. It's been a long time since I've been sailing.
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Too much prep time is the work of the Devil.

You know what Captain Ron said, right?
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Old 05-05-2015, 15:04   #10
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Re: That's it, I'm done!

"That's it...I have nothing left to do on my boat!" said no one ever.

Anyway....Congrats on the progress!...if you've done one thing, you're certainly ahead of me.
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Bravo !
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WHOOOOT! now leave the dock so you can find more to do by first port of entry... lol awesomeness....
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Old 05-05-2015, 15:38   #13
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I know how you feel, my wife and I pronounced our boat (1972 Pearson) done about a week ago! We have sailed it once and are now ready to depart for her permanent dock in Hobe Sound FL! Hooray!
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Congrats... job well done... but I must ask when did you officially or otherwise start this prep process? :-)
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Old 06-05-2015, 15:18   #15
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Re: That's it, I'm done!

Thanks for all the comments and encouragement.

We started on the boat when we bought her six years ago. Obviously not working on her full time, but hunting and pecking all along. I did take her on one extended cruise of 4,000 miles in that time frame.

Most of the work we have done has been to make her more user friendly, so that she can be single/short handed better. The only major repair was to replace the bow sprit and redesign the anchoring platform in the meantime. Other than that she has been a good stable platform.

For the past few years we have been living on her part time, ever oth week. This last winter was a great test with the bitter cold. I was surprised with how well we did. The Espar made thing comfortable but we burned through a lot of fuel.

Right now I'm sitting in Chicago, on another business trip. I down to under a hundred wake ups. Come on December and retirement!
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