Then she said how about a circumnavigation?
As some of you know, we are now in the Caribbean (Grenada actually) after coming down this fall from the Chesapeake. (Have not been here much since internet has often not been readily available.) We are enjoying the lifestyle immensely and the boat is doing well but people kept asking us what we planned for the spring - staying down, putting the boat on the hard for the summer or going to wherever. We had thought about taking the boat to Europe but were concerned about the cost since in many areas it seems almost impossible to avoid marinas. I presented about seven options to my dear wife, June and to be comprehensive included a circumnavigation - and guess which one she picked with almost no hesitation?!?
So now we are are starting the many preps for this next large step. It is too late for this year without rushing and we don't want to do that. Our tentative plan is to head up-island to Florida by June and go on the hard while we do some work on the boat and make a better arrangement for the house in Toronto than we have now. The boat is in pretty good shape and very well equipped but we are looking at: making it a full-time cutter with a furler for the staysail (rather than a removable stay cutter), new standing rigging, a big-ass carbon fiber whisker pole and one of those custom mattresses to replace the somewhat questionable foam in the aft cabin. Departure would be right after hurricane season in November.
And this is the same woman who said, "I really like sailing, but we really need a bigger boat if I am going to liveaboard"
Back in the water in Grenada - with new main and #2 and cockpit canvas (Santa came early). Will spend the winter and early spring in the Caribbean and then head to Bermuda and the northeast US. Still trying to decide if we will bring the boat to Canada, either in 2015 or 2016.