We will be updating this page as we go, but here’s the short story so far…
“You’re going to buy a boat, quit your job, and sail? Are you (insert your own expletives here) crazy?? How in the (yeah, keep inserting them) do you expect to do that?”
Yeah, that pretty much sums up how most conversations go when we tell people our plans to hit the blue water and travel the Caribbean (and then maybe the world). But once people get over the initial shock, they invariably want to know how we expect to make it happen. The simple answer is, “Sell everything, and by a boat,” but life isn’t really that simple. The truth is that it’s going to be a challenge and each of those challenges will have to be conquered as we come across them. But nothing worth doing is easy.
The “Plans” so far… And keep in mind this is the condensed version.
Sell our house and move to an apartment on the coast and continue the boat hunt until we find the right one. When we do, we’ll dock her at a nearby marina and spend a year-ish prepping her for the “long voyage” and getting to know the systems.
Plan B: We find the right boat before we move and just move right aboard after selling the house. We’d spend a year-ish living aboard preparing and learning.
Plan C: We’ll figure that out when A and B crash.
Will we still work?
Yep, but our work lives will be nothing like the past 20 years. The big corporate conglomerate grind (and bastards that run them) will be gone from our lives and as long as I have an internet connection I can do what I do from anywhere in the world. I’m also a competent electrician with experience in the construction world, and pretty darn good with my hands. We also have a few other income ideas up our sleeves, but best not to mention them yet — and no, it’s not to be the “Bonnie and Clyde” of the Caribbean.
Do we have EVERYTHING figured out?
HaHa… NO, but to paraphrase a quote… If you had it all figured out, there would be no adventure in what you do!
But for how long?
So far we’re on a 5 year plan. We’ll cruise the Caribbean for 5-ish years, and then head back to the US shores and become land-lubbers again. But that’s NOT set in stone. We may get out there and decide we hate it after 2 months and this elaborate blog will become a beautiful “For Sale By Owner” listing for a blue water cruising yacht. Then again, we may absolutely fall in love with waking up on the water every morning, anchoring off a desolate beach and grilling out next to a fire on the beach, and immersing ourselves in other cultures and people of different backgrounds and lives — skipping from island to island.
Sailing Into The Blue