For all the new people that come here with nothing more than a dream, I wanted to post my story so that you can see that dreams can come true.
I came to this site in the fall of 2013. In 2010 I lost
my brother, to a very long horrendous illness that robbed him of a full life. Shortly after that, my father was rushed to the hospital for emergency
quintuple bypass surgery. My marriage was falling apart... I was miserable in my job, and a host of other things happened that caused me to have a full emotional breakdown. I'm a good and strong person, but even the strongest trees in the forrest can break when they experience more than they could handle. It took me three years of therapy and medications, marriage counseling.. a new job.. etc. to heal and become strong again. That period in my life gave me pause to think.. "What the hell am I doing with my life?!?"
I didn't really start "searching for meaning" at that point, but I guess subconsciously I was open to something greater. One day I was reading the "Daily Mail" and there was a story about a couple from Great Britain who sold
everything, bought a sailboat, and were cruising the world. That story was a metaphoric "spark" that started the fire burning inside me. I (quietly) started reading everything I could find about this, and was amazed to find that there is an entire community of people who are doing this. My fire began to burn brighter. Finally after about 6 months, I sat my husband down and told him that I, too, wanted to sell everything and cruise
. He thought I had completely lost
my mind. NO! (as an aside.. we had never even stepped foot on a sailboat!)
Well, I was not to be deterred. I started sending him photos of monohulls.. "isn't this one pretty?" "Couldn't you just imagine me cooking
in that galley
?" "wouldn't it be so exhilarating to hoist the sails
and fly across the water
to points beyond"? NO!
Well, one day I was sharing my dream with a fellow workmate who, to my surprise, said she had the same dream and that their plan was to buy a catamaran
. WHAT IS A CATAMARAN
?! So, I looked it up, and was filled with excitement. I sent a photo
to my husband.. "how about this?" He didn't even hesitate... "ABSOLUTELY! lets do it!!"
So, off we went. We didn't know where to start, so we kept reading and researching. I joined the forum here. Then we decided we should go see a catamaran and see what they were like. So, we scraped together enough funds to go to the boat
show. We fell in love. But, there was one big problem... they were very expensive. The week we got home, we found a financial planner (the best in Missouri according to Barons!) and put together our plan. We went out and bought a little o'day 22 sailboat to begin learning
on... we took a 7 day live-aboard ASA
course to get 4 certifications. We started crewing
on the racing
boats at our yacht club.. took more courses.. studied, read.. sailed some more. Took some charters. pretty soon we were officially referring to ourselves as "advanced beginners".
Well, I'm here to share with you, that we are soon to be the proud owners of the most beautiful catamaran in the entire world. NO ONE has a boat as beautiful as this one is to us.
Every time I think of her I get choked up, and I think of my sweet brother who's life was cut so short, and how we are going to live our lives with so much adventure for us, and to make up what he lost.
So, to those people... the dreamers... who come to this forum with nothing more than a dream...dreams do come true. But do not expect it to be easy. You have to work
incredibly hard, and sacrifice so much, but it can be done, and the journey is amazing! Don't give it up.. not for anything or anybody.
So, I would like to state that I am finally a multihull
owner!!!! And introduce to you our beautiful boat.. "La Perle Noire" (French for The Black Pearl).