I am Richard and like many here I have been lurking with interest for a few months soaking up the wisdom and insight of those of you have have both gone before us or who like us are trying to get our heads around everything.
Linda and I have now bought the boat, an 11 year old Wauquiez with big windows (pluses and minuses there we know, but you can't beat the view while staying warm in temperate climes!) and enough fixtures for ocean passage
making to give us a head
start in the prep. We plan to take a career break and if we're lucky get to call it retirement
I've sailed and owned boats all my life, so I'm under no illusions we need to take a year or two to get us and the boat in shape for cutting the marina dock
lines for good and setting off to explore this fragile world of ours while we can.
We've already made a few of the decisions and learnt some of the lessons, so I hope we can occasionally give some value back to the discussions too. In the mean time many thanks for all the learning
you folks have given us so far!
P.S. Our boat's registered name is great in French but confuses Anglophones, so my label here is for convenience!