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I'd probably reconsider the Island-living idea, but that's just me. The cost of living down there can be pretty high, and parts availability isn't always that great. Though, if you're living on island time anyway, I guess it doesn't really matter. But for something important, like something you need that allows you to keep generating the income you want/need, it could be a bit of a problem.
I hear what you are saying - but my wife and I have always shared the dream of living in the islands. Admittedly, it will not be easy. Everything is harder in the islands. But then again, people there live a completely different life than we do here. And after 10 years living in Connecticut - I'm pretty sure this place has sucked the life out of me. This place is like acid for the soul. I think we need to change not only our latitude, but also our perspective on what life is.
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In re-reading my post, it sounds really preachy. Sorry, I didn't mean it that way. I was intending to offer a "sanity check" and nothing more. I totally respect that it's your life to lead the way you want. Again, sorry for the tone, glad you appear to have taken it the way I meant it!
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In re-reading my post, it sounds really preachy. Sorry, I didn't mean it that way. I was intending to offer a "sanity check" and nothing more. I totally respect that it's your life to lead the way you want. Again, sorry for the tone, glad you appear to have taken it the way I meant it!
No apology needed, I didn't see it as preachy. I know what you mean. It's just that we feel we have to at least try. We know that more than likely things might not work the way we hope. Either way it's a change of course and that is truly what is needed.
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Nice start. Wow that is a small boat! But moves along pretty good. I'm not sure I'd have the b@lls to take that out in the sound but that's just me. Inside the Norwalk Islands is pretty safe, but I've also been out in the sound during small craft warnings and 40 knot wind. In those situations, I can stay calm depending on how solid strong and stable the boat is. Or I can do the grim faced prayer to please get me to shore. I've done both and it depended more on the boat than the weather. Did you check out the ZTC blog?
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Jim,
I'm retired Navy - e-7 with 22 years. That gives us 'free' medical and 2.3k a month of income regardless of market. Our understanding is that will take care of 99.99 percent of our cost.
We've always dumped most of our reserve cash into the wife's stuff, she's a couple years older so we can make withdrawal's without penalty sooner. We don't intend to touch any savings - but it's nice to have.

I'd say we got to considering going cruising maybe 5 years ago, but then re-visited it again last year and decided make it happen, within a flexible time frame not to exceed three years. Dumping the Gemini and getting the Irwin was our first major step.
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Chuck, by set-up, I meant the Irwin! But the retirement income is pretty nice, too. After 22 years of service to our country, it's certainly well earned. Thank you for that!

Carib, as I said, I'm glad you took my comments in the right way. It sounds like you're on the right track. If you understand what you're getting yourself into and are OK with it, then that's perfect, and I hope it works out really well for you. Naturally, there is some self-interest to my well-wishes; now I'll "know" someone in the islands so I'll have a place to crash!
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Carib, as I said, I'm glad you took my comments in the right way. It sounds like you're on the right track. If you understand what you're getting yourself into and are OK with it, then that's perfect, and I hope it works out really well for you. Naturally, there is some self-interest to my well-wishes; now I'll "know" someone in the islands so I'll have a place to crash!
Know what I'm getting into?! Ha! I am still in the research and learning stage. I *think* I know some of the things we might get ourselves into. But I *know* there are a million things we don't know about and a million more we have left to learn.

I'm taking this as an exercise of steps. Step one was understanding that our current life isn't healthy and accepting we need to do something about it. Step two was deciding on a goal. Step three was going out, getting schooling and education. All the remaining million steps are to come. Who knows, maybe we will hit road blocks that we can't overcome. Maybe half way to our goal we will decide it isn't for us. But, if we don't start at step one and progress, then we will never know and we will just be cheating ourselves.

Truly, your I view your comments as constructive and they are very much appreciated. The blog is coming along slowly. I think I am about to start detailing how we arrived at our current situation and our progression into sailing and the desire to live aboard in the islands.
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Nice start. Wow that is a small boat! But moves along pretty good. I'm not sure I'd have the b@lls to take that out in the sound but that's just me. Inside the Norwalk Islands is pretty safe, but I've also been out in the sound during small craft warnings and 40 knot wind. In those situations, I can stay calm depending on how solid strong and stable the boat is. Or I can do the grim faced prayer to please get me to shore. I've done both and it depended more on the boat than the weather. Did you check out the ZTC blog?
I know what you mean. I am pretty choosy about my weather forecasts. The boat (and I) has its limitations. I will be the first to admit that for now, we are definitely fair weather sailors only. She has already taught me a lot. She's been a great way to tune skills learned through my ASA certifications.

What is the ZTC blog? Can you post a link?
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I believe he mean Zero to Cruising: Zero To Cruising | Fun-loving couple sailing the Caribbean on their catamaran
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