We are retired, and age means medical
situations can occur....for me, I have to look at health care
as well. So does Erica, and we are both healthy. If some one does have medical issues, that can loom very huge .
As a Vietnam
vet, have the VA....which has been super outstanding for decades. I need a good ol U.S.A BASE. State, or Territory, etc.
Been sailing for about 40 years most of it professionally as a USCG lic capt. and Erica. retired M.D., is also a certified skipper
for vessels up to 45 ft...( sailing club, moorings , but not USCG.)
We love sailing the BVI
, as well as Australia
, much of the Caribbean
. None of those would work
for a base for me or Erica, I have the VA, and Medicare, and she has Kaiser . Kaiser is not available nation wide in the USA . So we are pretty much relegated to certain states in the U.S.
But, Being based out of the USVI, you would have a marvelous cruising grounds of the Caribbean
,. USVI, French West Indies, Windwards, Grenadines, etc, etc, at your door step, or dockside.
We have friends who purchased a crealock
34 and sailed the Caribbean for years, but kept their home on the mainland USA. , and would fly back for various breaks or commitments or family
situations. That worked for them.
Also, if it is feasable having a small , cozy island home, to retreat to if getting a bit cramped on the boat, or during hurricane season, etc, in the USVI sounds like a plan. or should disabilities occur, falls, fractures , sprains, etc.
There is a lot to take into consideration. But, prior proper planning prevents poor performance, is one of our personal attitudes , not necessarily that of others.
It is a big step to give it all away and sell it, and move across an ocean.
We did it, moving from coastal southern calif to Kauai
Island. And after 10 years, doing the same thing in reverse and starting all over , leaving Kauai
and now here in Dana Point
The best advice that I can share, is to absolutely do your due dilligence, plan ahead, and then plan ahead some more, learn everything that you can about every aspect that you can think of . Being prepared really does help transitioning to a whole new life style.
So does before selling the farm, spending some time sailing out of the USVI, and also learning
about living ashore as well as on board.
Good wishes that everything works out for you .
Denny and Erica