Dave and Jeanine,
My husband and I are on track to do the same thing, now that retired. Getting ready to sell everything and expect to purchase boat
this summer. Hope to make gulf crossing Nov/Dec 2021. Have taken ASA
101, 102, 104 and 110. Hoping that will help with obtaining insurance
when the time comes. Hopefully islands will be easier to get in and out of by then as so many of the boats for sale
are sitting there. We have a large dog so would prefer to start out from us. You will find that not only is the forum a wealth of info, but they help to keep the dream alive as we work
towards our goal. Good luck.