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Talking 115 days to go

We're planning on retiring in 115 more days. One more big step down - we bought a boat!

We bought a Beneteau 423 on Lake Texoma. We'll get the survey done hopefully next week and close by April 1st. Then we'll spend weekends on her until the big day when we no longer have to go to work.

The plan is to stay on Lake Texoma for the summer - get lots of practice with the new boat - skills that we know in theory but have less than optimum hands on practice - like anchoring, using the dinghy - stowing it and getting it out in the water safely and soundly, and just more time sailing. Texoma is a pretty big lake so we should get lots of good time on the water.

Then, in October - when hurricane season has passed - haul her out and ship her to Houston. From there, head east via the ICW to Florida and by winter be in the Bahamas.

We've still got to sell the house, sell the business (getting close on that I hope), and do a million other little things before we're ready to leave land and become full time cruisers.

Thanks to all of you that comment on this forum - we've gained lots of insight into a lot of the areas that we know we'll face. 3 months practice time on Texoma will hopefully give us enough skills to handle the ICW and then coastal sailing around to our goal of winter in the Bahamas.

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Happy for you you guys...and so very jealous.

From someone that has 19 years till early retirement (sigh....I almost broke down typing 19 years) I'm so looking forward to being in your shoes someday.

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One of the most important lessons is reefing. Then add hove to for multiple reasons. BEST WISHES on the sale of the business........i2f

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Congratulations! We are at 97 days so I feel your excitement.

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I wish you well...
Hope the survey and resulting sale goes with out a hitch...sounds like your close no matter if its this boat or not though

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Happy for you you guys...and so very jealous.

From someone that has 19 years till early retirement (sigh....I almost broke down typing 19 years) I'm so looking forward to being in your shoes someday.
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Good luck on the survey and sea trial.

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I've got the survey and sea trial set up, have a couple quotes on insurance, think that financing is set up, so we seem to be on a course that has a lot of momentum. One of the insurance quote requests was answered by a thoughtful reply requesting our sailing resume's. It's not very long, but highly motivated - hopefully that will get us a good rate!
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Best wishes! We retired last summer and have just completed our first winter in the Bahamas. Living aboard, and cruising, is better than every fantasy you've imagined of this life ...
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Best wishes on your upcoming retirement!

We'll be chartering a 423 in the BVI in 11 weeks...enjoy her!

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