I am very hnappy to tell everyone here that I am about to embarq again on life's great adventure: we are leaving to go cruising!
This is a very exciting thing for us. Several yeatrs ago, as many of you know, my wife and 3yo were struck by a 18 wheeler and for a while I did not even know if cruising would ever again be a possibility. We have spent the last couple of years working through all the issues (health and financial) and it appears we are finally able to give this thing a shot again.
My parents have already sold their house and are living with us. My house goes on the market this week. I will be liquidating all my assetts (well, minus the boat and the Bulldog... but I am taking offers for the latter... hehehe, j/k my wife would kill me). We are putting the things in place to start making the transition and with a little help from above, I think the pieces should all fit.
On a somewhat sad note (well, depending on who you talk to!!), I will be moving away from my moderating role at Sailnet. I have tried to serve my time as best as I possibly could and have tried to be fair and honest with everyone I have dealt with. I am leaving it in the hands of three very good friends and moderators and I hope you will continue to show them the same level of friendship and support you have shown me. Through all the hard times and effot involved, it is the members and their encouragement that has made moderating worth it. Thank you.
I will stay on for a while during the transition to make sure all the bases are covered for everyone. I may also play some type "Moderator At Large" role. However, the basic duties will be heavily shifted to the other guys.
Our plans at this point are to drop the boats in the Gulf somewhere between next month or as soon as the house sales. We will probably sail them across (depending on the weather window) and head for South Florida. I have an office down there and will run some aspects of my business from there until things are settled for us. And then we are off to... somewhere. Bahamas? Carribean? Distant shores and distant lands. BBQ grills
and solar arrays. If you ever need me, look for the smoke rising in the distance. Listen for Thomas the Train Engine blaring across the cockpit speakers. And stop by and have a drink. I would welcome all of you.
To all me friends and members, thank you for a great many years. I will check in here and post as I can. And if you ever need me, don't feel afraid to write. I will reply as the internet allows!
All the best,
Brian and Family.