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Plan “A” wins! (See “The Plan“). In just 9 days we will be waking up in Daphne, our new home on the coast, and while I’d love to say we’d take a stroll on the beach that morning, the more realistic thing is that we’ll be unpacking boxes for a few days. But a sail on our Hobie is definitely going to happen before the weekend. And probably another on the weekend. After the year we’ve had in 2016, we are definitely in need of some salt water, sand, and breeze — permanently!

For now, we’re having a packing/yard sale/donate party. The two empty bedrooms have been converted into sorting rooms. The one on the left is for yard sale stuff. The one on the right is for donating. And to be honest, it’s hard to judge which one has the most stuff in it. Regardless, what doesn’t get sold in next weekend’s yard sale, gets donated anyway. (For those of you close enough to us, hit us up on FB for details on the sale.) And yet again, we continue to find ourselves going through our “collection of commercialism” and asking ourselves, “Do we really need that bowl, waffle maker, cake bunt — God knows we don’t need to eat ANY more cake!

Downsizing is a keyword for us, but that’s nothing new. Our last move was a downsize. Little by little we have spent the better part of 3 years cutting our amount of crap. A friend calls us minimalists, but I tend not to think of it that way. Minimalist suggests, that we are conforming to a lifestyle, but it’s not that way for me. Honestly it’s more like a change of mindset for us. Frill and fancy just doesn’t get us excited anymore. Spending our money doing something or going somewhere, making memories… that’s what gets our motors running.

We’ve had a lot of interest in the house since we put it up a week ago. By my count we’ve had 8 or 9 showings (not counting the one this afternoon), and with any luck we’re hoping to maybe have a contract before the place is emptied next Monday.

Boat shopping has resumed. We’re casually, between packing boxes, browsing through what’s out there and discussing this one or that one and even talking about a long weekend flight down to either the St. Pete area or Kemah, TX for that up close and personal shopping experience. Kemah is winning at the moment. There’s a 2000 Catalina 42 MkII that we thought we had lost to another buyer, but she’s back on the market. She’s totally loaded and has been completely retrofitted for long-term cruising: Water maker, A/C, Genset, Solar, loaded nav system, and even forward scan sonar (rare). She’s even loaded with sails:

  • In Mast Mainsail Furling
  • Schaeffer Headsail Furling
  • 155% Genoa
  • 120% Genoa
  • Storm Jib
  • Storm Tri-Sail
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker
  • Navtec Hydraulic Backstay Adjuster

The only thing we can think of that would turn us away is hull or rigging problems. Otherwise, she’s got all the right stuff in all the right places.

But for now… It’s back to packing up the kitchen. More to come.

Sailing Into The Blue