I couldn't take it anymore.
The other day, I just became frustrated with the endless self torture and the mental masterbation.
I thought maybe I should just stop reading these books and magazines. Stop day dreaming of emerald waters and white beaches... and just deal with reality.
So I looked around our comfortable well appointed home with every possible convenience and, knowing the real answer, I said to my wife...
"Maybe I should just get real! I mean, are we really the types who are willing to sell EVERYTHING we own, buy a boat, and go cruising?"
Her answer was, "I'd like to do it."
So that's that. Decision made. Wow, cool!
Oh my GAWD!!!
What to do? Ten thousand questions, I don't even know where to start.
Well we have signed us up for sailing classes since she hasn't had any. I have already had classes and done some sailing, though not a huge amount, but a refresher wouldn't hurt, and it would be good to do it together.
We talked about the timeframe and in 4 more years at the hospital, come October, she will qualify for lifetime medical coverage for us. Well worth waiting for! So cast off will be November 2011.
We really want a cruising catamaran, although we don't know which one.
We have both worked very hard the last 25 years and saved enough to spend a bit less than $300,000 on the boat, including any refit and other costs. This will allow us a kitty that will allow us to cruise in a modest but not spartan fashion pretty much indefinitely.
So from mortgaged, materialistically maxed out landlubber, to cruising the caribbean in a little over 4 years.
Any suggestions on how to proceed?
When to sell the house?
When to buy the boat?
Where to buy the boat?