I jumped on for the first time awhile back looking for support and approval from this community about leaving the children
....rather young adults....and "cruising" away. So many replied and every single
one said the same...DO IT.
So, the kids
are gone along with 80% of my material life. The sad thing is I couldn't really state what
that 80% is now! It made me sick to see the wasted money
....this stage could have a nice nest egg to start out with, but o well.
We purchased our boat. 1974 53 Gulfstar
. After a trip to florida
in search of our new home, we found her in our back yard. The previous owners sailed her as far as Trinidad, where they had the interior
redone. Her third stateroom is converted to an office, so Tom is ready to move aboard. Says this office is nicer than the one he was paying rent on!! We had bow thrusters and a swim platform put on. The platform is for me as I can not see myself scaling the side with groceries and other provisions. The summer weekends have been spent getting to know the boat and learning
more sailing. We've run aground twice, put a hole in the dinghy
, used Boat
US for a jump because the key was not turned off and the batteries were drained. The head
was clogged and we had a poop gyser on deck
and that's all we will say about that smelly mess that needed ALL the hoses replaced...LOL. Every weekend we go out it gets harder to come back to land. We had her sailing 12k on Labor Day weekend.
The house has not sold, but we can't wait anymore so we are aiming for November 1 as a departure date.....sooner would be nice! I am taking a womanship sailing course in 2 weeks. We have our list for things to shop for at the Annapolis Boat Show
.....MOB is at the top. Hoping to be in the Keys for Christmas
. Then up to Ft Myers area for employment
for me for awhile until the house sells.
I have been reading this forum all summer and you guys are a virtual wealth of knowledge and support. Thanks all of you for your encouraging words to put this dream into reality mode. So many obstacles have come up, but we are determined to accomplish this. I feel privileged to have this adventure. We'll be looking for your wisdom and experience.