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I'm leaving Tuesday to bring my cal 29 back down the icww. From Va. To Fla. I've moved out of my apartment and been crashing with my girlfriend of 5 years this past week. Sold my bed, tv, and a bunch of other little things. 2/3 of my clothing went to charity. I've even sold my Explorer and downsized to a 50cc scooter. Which I may have to downsize to a folding bike but I'm determined to keep the scooter if I can fit it on the deck while cruising. The cash I've made has gone back into the project and trip back down.

Everything I own now fits in a neat little corner of the garage. I'm taking the plunge. I'm moving aboard. I've tried to prepare myself for this for years. Yet I know I'll never be 100% truly prepared. Anxious and excited...

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Many years ago, when bicycling across country with all my possessions strapped to the luggage rack, I stopped mid-span on a bridge to admire the view. While gathering in the beauty I realized that if tossed my bike over the handrail I'd have nothing at all. It was a wonderfully liberating thought. I hope you too enjoy your simplification.
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Re: downsizing

Same here, Seb !

If it doesn't fit in the seabag or Val-pack; it doesn't "go"; aside from gear annd tools, of course
Sold the house, got rid of 40 years worth of crap and put a bunch in storage. Crashing with the"Commodore" until fair(er) Weather and then a season (more) work on tthe boat. Then I'm off to parts unknown/unvisited

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No wife, no kids, no debt.

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Thanks guys. I'm equally anxious and excited. Some days more anxious and vice versa.

Shark bait - it makes me happy to hear from someone else living on a cal 29. I've researched and researched over the past 4 years. I don't know it all by any means but I definitely tried to make an educated decision.
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I'm leaving Tuesday to bring my cal 29 back down the icww. From Va. To Fla. I've moved out of my apartment and been crashing with my girlfriend of 5 years this past week. Sold my bed, tv, and a bunch of other little things. 2/3 of my clothing went to charity. I've even sold my Explorer and downsized to a 50cc scooter. Which I may have to downsize to a folding bike but I'm determined to keep the scooter if I can fit it on the deck while cruising. The cash I've made has gone back into the project and trip back down.

Everything I own now fits in a neat little corner of the garage. I'm taking the plunge. I'm moving aboard. I've tried to prepare myself for this for years. Yet I know I'll never be 100% truly prepared. Anxious and excited...

Fair winds my friends,
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Same here, Seb !

If it doesn't fit in the seabag or Val-pack; it doesn't "go"; aside from gear annd tools, of course
Sold the house, got rid of 40 years worth of crap and put a bunch in storage. Crashing with the"Commodore" until fair(er) Weather and then a season (more) work on tthe boat. Then I'm off to parts unknown/unvisited

Best to ya,
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This is our plan for 2016. I think it's going to be a good year....
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Congratulations. I like to read the stories here of those that are doing it properly. (I downsized too; I find that a 3200Kg Boat is as much as I can handle these days...)

One thing to consider:

I knew two couples who made a go of it. They didn't know each other, but curiously, they both had new Tayanas. They cut their Lifestyle to a bare minimum... and then they started accumulating more Stuff. Stuff Happens. Christmas, Birthdays, Inheritances...
They both came to the same solution: a Self Storage unit within biking distance of their Home Port. I have no idea what these cost now; back then, it was around $75 a month for one big enough for the Stuff, and a small Working Area for those things too noisy, or smelly, or disgusting, to be done onboard.
Note that what they were doing was entirely by choice; among them was a Teacher, a Nurse, a Veterinarian, and an Airline Pilot. That last one ended up getting a _second_ Storage Unit, just for his new Mercedes.

Every once in a while, like this morning, I think about Living Aboard. Utter nonsense for me of course. I _like_ my Stuff... my Piano, my Dining Room Table, my Books, my Cars, my Laboratory, and on cold mornings like this, my Bathtub. A good long hot soak on occasion cures my ills.
(I spent Christmas week on the Boat. It was very nice and quiet; practically nobody visits their Boats then. The Fourth Of July was unbearable.)

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