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"Checking out" for a simpler lifestyle
Hi everyone from Sunny and Hot Houston, TX
After years of the high-tech world, I'm facing my second layoff and second divorce.
So, it's time to take some time for myself and live a lifelong dream while I have the time!
Getting ready to sell the cars and boats and furniture and junk, soon-to-be ex is getting the house, and I'm looking at boats! I'm drawn to the simpler lifestyle, figuring that the rigid confines of a sailboat will be a good antidote to my packrat tendencies.
I'm also rather disillusioned with corporate america, the government, the first ex wife, the materialistic pursuits, debt, credit cards, and all the societal pressure to bust my a** so I can buy more stuff. Nope, no more, not gonna do it. I just don't buy it any more.
I'm going from a 6-figure income to unemployment, and I'm looking forward to it!
I'm very handy and have a good selection of tools, which I'll be keeping in a friends garage.
My living/cruising goals:
occasional 3-5 day coastal cruising along Texas and Louisiana
Eventually: 1-3 week carribean/central america/south america cruises
My boat criteria:
Must be functional (sail and power, head)
Cruising oriented, not a racer
I've found a boat that I think would fit the bill nicely - a 1970's Cheoy Lee 32 designed by Ray Richards
The boat is claimed to be sound, dirty, worn but not abused and functional aside from the common Cheoy Lee leaks from the teak deck.
I'm curious for any feedback from sailors about Cheoy Lee boats as cruisers and as a liveaboard.