Just some advice from a guy that took his family
(wife, son-8, daughter-9) on a 4yr cruise
and was told by everyone he knew that he was crazy and would never make it.
Be aware and accept that some of the comments you will get on CF are a bit jaded because we see these types of "dreamer"posts weekly. Most fade away and they never buy a boat or if they do never make it out past the break water
. So don't take it personally when the "here we go again" type of comments start flowing, giving you all the reasons you can't do it. And honestly, if those type of attitudes and comments quash your plans, then you should thank them, because you never would have made it anyway.
The EASY part is having the dream and hatching the plan, the hard part is realizing what part of the dream to let go of and ditch in order to save the rest of it:
Ideal Boat vs what you can get
vs Coastal Cruising
Long passages that the family
could hate vs short hops that they like
Don't make the common mistake of letting the beginning "dream" kill you when the inevitable tweaks to the dream need to happen, not to abandon the dream, but to turn the dream into reality. As someone who sells cruising gear
, I see the big dreams collapse all the time when people get too ridged in the dream to let reality mold
and shape the dream.
Dreams are great...but I'd rather have 40% of my "Dream" than just the dream any day. At 40%...hell even 20% you would have more adventure and memories than the average man out there busting his ass for a retirement
age that fate won't let him reach.
I laugh (politely of course) at people who think you can't cruise
of any age...sure you can. Maybe THEY can't....but you can, if that is what you want to do.