Yep, only it wasn't a boat, it was to the island of kauai
. I was living in huntington harbor , Ca, and Erica had her own place in Seal Beach. About 10 minutes in distance.
We had visited Kauai
for 12 years and Erica was able to retire from her M.D. position with L.A. County, and I was getting up there in age to continue flying as an Instructor fighter Pilot, and the sailing and boating
biz was slowing down.
Now , we had researched our move, and were quite prepared but we both had separate residences packed with long years of accumulation. Plus all of our household furniture, electonics, and everything that two homes would have .
We kept it simple...NO STORAGE
....we sold, or gave everything away, we only shipped the computer, and our clothes which were mostly aloha and beach wear from living at the southern california
beaches. Photos, and wall hangings that could fit into a moderate sized box. I think we had about 4 boxes that we shipped. Not a container.
The move was easy, and all those items that I had held on to, for decades were gone. No shipping
, no moving van, no problems. Our new Kauai condo was in a small resort , furnished, and we could walk over to Kalapaki Beach.
We did purchase
some of our own things after arrival, but we had explored the malls, and stores and knew what we wanted and some things we needed to upgrade above the landlords furnishings.
We were there for nearly 10 fantastic years and circumstances roared up and we had to leave kauai and return to the mainland.
We sold off all of our kauai stuff, or gave it away, except for clothes and photo
albums. We were starting out brand new again. Did we lose money
on some of the furnishings that we sold to the land lord....yes and no. We made a few thousand, but it would have cost an enormous amount of money
to ship it. Oh, the car we did ship thru Matson and that alone was about $ 1100.00.
Now we arrived with what was in our duffel bags, and moved in to totally unfurnished circumstances at the beach in Dana Point
Now, came the bullet of buying
new, and very nice furniture, computer, refer, etc. I hate shopping
, but accompanied Erica who has a very good eye for decorating. Last time I am doing that....I'll camp out at a fun rum
shop with scantily dressed moma foxes.
But, if we would have shipped the furniture that we had back on kauai, the cost for us did not make sense.
We are super happy where we are, and it is important that to you that the decision to live aboard is a solid one .
My original idea , back in huntington harbor was to put all my STUFF into storage
, and the knowledgeable people on the kauai trip advisor forum, recommended not to do that. Sell it off, since it was likely not to be used ever again. No years of monthly payments for a storage unit.
Our situation was that we were leaving the mainland for good, and that we would be on kauai until they scattered the ashes.
So, that is how we did it. Not moving on to boat, but permanently giving it all away or selling it, and moving across an ocean to the beautiful garden island.
Cannot tell you what to do, but that is how we handled it....on a boat your furniture is totally useless and not needed.
However, you have to take into account whether this is a permanent move, or it is a maybe move, and at some time you may want to move into a land home again.
We plan to stay here in our southern calif beach town, and be close now to long time friends, and are also meeting new friends and acquaintances, and find the people here have aloha and dont even know it.
I think I may have to by an ash urn, and keep it visible to remind me not to even think about moving again.....
It is a happy and fun life here, with hiking trails, local sailing, international bare boating
annually. As to our new area we have wonderful restaurants, and friendly happy hours. Lots of sunshine, a beautiful marina, and most important, we are totally happy here.
Just from our perspective, plus others have offered their excellent suggestions and ideas , as well.
Keep that fun light lit, and do what is best for the two of you.
Denny And Erica