Hi! We (Kevin & Danielle) have recently decided to include sailing into our plan to flee Michigan. Now we only have five years to learn to sail, find the "perfect" boat and part with most of our junk.
After spending some time reading other introductions I have concluded that I am one very lucky man! We had been investigating buying
a small piece of some Caribbean
island to relocate to. When I asked Danielle "What do you think about learning
to sail and living aboard
instead?", her response was simply "sounds exciting".
It gets even better. I mention finding an early 70s, 34 foot whatever that has a junk engine
and an interior
that has never been updated for $2500 and the conversation goes something like this. Me: "We can put it in the driveway....really, the neighbors won't even notice." Her: "Can you get it seaworthy
?" Me: "Sure, if you commit to learning
." Her: "That seems fair."
So the adventure begins. I did a visual survey
of the sub-division and realized that most of my neighbors already have boats and campers parked along their driveways. I think convincing the rest of the family
that we aren't crazy will be more difficult. They already think we are a bit careless since last summer I earned my pilots certificate and we flew from Michigan to Cat Island in the Bahamas
this past June in an old Piper Warrior.
Oh yeah, we want to tour the island chain in the Carribean and the coast of Central America
for a couple years to get significant experience before heading through the Panama canal
Gotta go.....the clock is ticking!