Thanks for the most welcome posts.
Well, where do I begin. Lets just say travelling by sea was my future and Julie (my wife) knew that. She knew it was not going to go away when I started frequenting SailNet again and talking about single-handing. Actually not one of my finest moments, and upon reflection, one I regret. As I said in my post, after some reality checks and soul searching, we Have to be together and well, my wife is simply not a sailor. As you may have remembered, I was considering a large Cat too. I had contacted Gregor Tarjan & discussed putting a deposit down on a newbuild Aeroyacht Alpha 42. That died a natural death after a while, and all avenues always came back to a Nordhavn. It's the only boat where Julie came alive and actively discussed our future sailing the world together. So in retrospect, it always was a no-brainer, just took some time getting there.
We sold the house, sold the stink-pot (finally!!) bought our N62 and moved aboard a month ago. I will continue to work, but we'll travel in-between those work periods.
The plan is to tackle the PNW this spring & perhaps Alaska in the summer, coming back down the West side, and completeing a circumnav of Vancouver Island. Providing all goes well there, our plan is to head south in the fall 2013. Once we leave Vancouver, the boat will not be coming back to Vancouver until we have traversed God's blue earth.
Our N62 - hull 18 - has already circumnavigated the world, so we are in good hands. She's powered by a single Lugger (325hp) and has a 'get-home' engine (called a "wing") - a 70 hp Lugger with a separate shaft off to the stbd side. The Wing also sees double-duty as the main source of hydraulic power (thrusters, anchor, winches, etc) so is exercised regularly. We're truly spoilt here, and nothing hard about it - apart from paying for the diesel I guess
It's a pleasure taking part here again. Ciao.