After several years of wondering and hoping and planning, our 50th birthdays were (still are) looming, so my partner and I got serious with our search and finally found the yacht we really wanted in the configuration we preferred. We have just bought a 2003 Outremer
55 Light catamaran
with the owner's version layout and will take delivery
next March 2017!! Can't hardly wait, but the long closing is because we have to wait to realise the equity we need to complete the purchase
. 20% deposit paid and now the long wait, sigh.
We'll be heading offshore
in about 4 years time, once our kids
have graduated high school
and no longer need their parents (and their bedrooms) to be local. We've absolutely loved cruising and visiting French Polynesia
in the past, so we're thinking of starting with a westerlies run east from Auckland
as far as Easter Island, then back into the trade wind
belt to the Marquesas
, then spending the rest of our lives heading west.
As we've never owned a cruising multihull
before (though we have decades of monohull racing
and cruising and Hobie 16 sailing, as well as a couple of years in Australia racing
a Crowther 40 catamaran) we're going to use the next few years once we have our yacht to learn about larger multihulls generally and our catamaran
in particular. We want to learn how to sail her in most conditions, figure out the modifications and enhancements while we still have decent incomes to pay for them, and use shorter return passages to New Caledonia
to confirm that we've made the right choice of yacht before we totally cut our ties to land.
It's so exciting and a bit scarey too, thinking about quitting our jobs and land lives to go cruising full time, especially now that we've taken the first step (or is it half-step, as we don't yet have our yacht?). We really enjoy this forum and are looking forward to continued learning
and hopefully making contributions of our own. And to meet others who are on this journey as well - please reach out to us, especially if you're in this area!
Cheers, Tom and Deb