Wow. What a difference 4 years makes. I don't post a lot on CF, but I do occasionally lurk.
4 years havepassed since we bought our boat. Since then we have not been idle. Lots of daysailing and a couple week long cruises every summer on Lake Erie plus a week of BVI chartering every year has done me well. (Next week we mix it up a little and go with SailCaribe to do the Spanish Virgns).
Our marina sustained major damage from Sandy with numerous boats sunk and many more damaged. Luckily we were already out of the water
as our boat storage
facility asked us to come out a week early due to low water levels. (Rather be lucky than good eh).
So Tonic has been mostly upgraded (at least as much as we're willing to spend). We've done lots of structural work that really needed it, rebedded hardware
, replaced all the hoses and pumps.
I'm still certainly no expert sailor, but I'm now comorttable on the water and with my 46th b-day approaching the questions about sailing are different (but certainly not fewer
Now I am beginning to plan on the transition from full-time work and daysailing to part-time work/ part time cruising in a few years. I figure to try to carve out a situation where I work 50% of the time (maybe a month on/month off) kind of thing. I'll be able to live comfortably on 50% income
and not touch current retirement
savings (which will hopefully, market depending, continue to grow well).
So now the questions are more like:
How will we cruise
in the winter months while still working in Cleveland half the year? Buy a boat and keep down south somewhere? And if so, where? Or should I do some brokerage purchase
and just take advanatage of 8-10 weeks of "free" sailing when I can for a few years?
Am I really going to have 2 boats (one on Lake Erie for sumer and one South for winter)? What will boat #2 be (another monohull
? a cat for livaboard lounging?) ?
There must be part-timers out there in CF world yes? How do you work it out?
Life marches on with sailing being an ever larger and larger part of our lives.