Rev. Mike: I don't know how well thought out it is, but I've been thinking about it for a long time. We lived in New London when we first moved down here, but we bought a house in Montville. We did well selling the house because we were smart when we bought it - we picked something affordable, small but nice (1000 sq ft cape w/ wraparound porch) in a good neighborhood in a town with good schools (and a big casino with lots of employees who all need cheap housing.) When we listed, we put it out at the low end of the comp range to make sure it moved fast. Sure enough, 9 days on the market, 5 showings, and we had an offer. The real estate market here has not slowed here that much, and at the low end of the scale where we were, SE CT still has a robust market. Not to slam my employer, but ther are many reasons to leave EB, and yes, part of it is the work slowdown around here, combined with my boss driving us towrds two ships a year without funding from the Navy. Can you say "working down our backlog at a dangerous rate"?
CD, honestly, I haven't given much consideration to that part of the trip, though I probably ought to. So far, I've been focused on actually making to to Florida before I worry about getting around. I only draw 4'2" and my mast is about 45' above the water, so it seems like I'll be in good shape? I've been assuming a break in the Keys anyway, so I'll definitely consider your advice about the Tortugas. Thanks.
cam, that's good to hear, exactly what I was looking for. I think I'm being a little cautious about how much ground I can cover in October and November (to allow for bad weather, mostly) and I hear you about getting south while it's still warm. I'll definitely check out those sites, and yes, I've been reading the ICW threads that I find here (I lurk waaaay more than I post, which is as it should be, I think.) Re: Filters, belts, and impellers - AMEN. I do that here in LIS (4 RACOR elements, three spare impellers and a half-dozen belts onboard at all times.) Cleaning the fuel tank is high on the list of to-dos prior to getting underway. Re: slipping the chains - yes, it was very satisfying to tell the VP of the Virginia Program that I didn't want to work for him anymore.
He seemed surprised that anyone would want to leave EB ("you have a career here you know") but like any good VP, he shifted gears fast and proposed a job for me on the LCS program once I get south. I told him I'd give him a call.
Hope he's holding his breath.
TS, yup that's Electric Boat. We don't slide 'em anymore, now we launch from a land level facility onto a pontoon in the graving dock, then flood down. Much less exciting, but way safer. Did you ever hear about the Trident that slid all the way across the harbor backwards and almost hit the piers in New London?
TB, can't believe you're still holding a grudge over a few measly rep points.
I got hit on that one myself you know. Anyway, no hard feelings, thanks for the congratulations. I know a few people who've left EB and to a man they say it was the best thing they've ever done. Regardless, I know I don't want to end up like these fat, risk-averse drones after 30 years pushing paper. Time to go while I'm still young. In my life, I've found that every time I thought I was leaving something good, and worried about it, it always turns out that leaving opened the door to bigger and better things. I certainly hope that will be true again.
Thanks to all for the well wishes.
See you out there,