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08-07-2012 02:22 PM
Tim R.
Re: When is it time ?

We do not have a specific date although we will both need to give adequate notice to our employers. Our real goal is financial. We have a cruising budget and plan to leave once we accumulate enough to be out for years. As of today we are 2/3 there and expect to be tossing the lines April 2014.

The other goal is boat experience. Our 1997 Caliber was actively cruising when we bought her and could have gone cruising immediately. Except I did not know the boat and it's systems. I have done lots of work to make her the way I like and also add redundancy for many systems; engine, navigation, power, comfort, etc.

The last upgrade I anticipate is replacing the 2 AGM 8D batteries.
08-07-2012 01:46 PM
zeehag
Re: When is it time ?

lol----i tear up my home and repair it in exotic locales.....begin in one place and do that first then proceed to next job--do the things first that make the most destruction so is easier to do the rest--i did engine first then decks then interior...each place i stop now i do some other repair--sometimes structural sometimes superficial, but something is always done each stop....
08-07-2012 12:23 PM
meljabro3
Re: When is it time ?

We haven't set a date yet, but then again we bought the boat in Feb and became liveaboards at our marina in Charleston then. It was a great deal on a solid boat that needs work. My problem is we can't seem to start knocking out all the repairs. We're thinking about putting it on the hard in a month or so and knocking all the fixes out in a month or so. ..

It's hard to tear up your house and still live in it!
06-21-2012 01:04 AM
bljones
Re: When is it time ?

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Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
I got stuck in New Zealand for a few years, then in Australia for two more, now in SE Asia for the past 3.5 years, hopefully next year I'll be stuck in Africa on an extended safari, then maybe get stuck in Brazil for Carnival for another year or two, then I'm sure the Caribbean will be another place that we will be stuck in. I love all these spots I get "stuck" in......
^^^^ I like the way he rolls.
06-21-2012 12:44 AM
aeventyr60
Re: When is it time ?

I got stuck in New Zealand for a few years, then in Australia for two more, now in SE Asia for the past 3.5 years, hopefully next year I'll be stuck in Africa on an extended safari, then maybe get stuck in Brazil for Carnival for another year or two, then I'm sure the Caribbean will be another place that we will be stuck in. I love all these spots I get "stuck" in......
06-20-2012 09:13 PM
bvander66
Re: When is it time ?

We made the decision and then did boat prep. Big factor we had to wait for a specific date to leave proffesion, then final preps kicked in. Weather (ie winter) finally pushed us south.
Even when cruising its easy to get trapped. We stopped in Marathon for two weeks and left 2 months later. Stopped in Emerald Bay for a 7 days and left 21 days later. But when your cruising who cares? Some get trapped permanently at a destination. Lot of nice destinations have one or two cruisers who get stuck for a year or two or.....
06-20-2012 08:38 AM
bljones
Re: When is it time ?

When you can't fit any more crap on the boat and won't take any more crap from your boss...
it's time to go.

When you run out of excuses NOT to...
it's time to go.

When you stop looking for excuses NOT to...
it's time to go.

The FIRST time your spouse says, "Y'know, I think we should give this cruising thing a shot..."
it's time to go.

Set a realistic line-cut date and STICK TO IT. Plan the schedule, work the plan and get it done. Treat it like the job it is.
Then retire.
06-20-2012 03:07 AM
MattSplatt
Re: When is it time ?

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Originally Posted by AncientTech View Post
When is it time? When you hear the call. The folly so many experience is the waiting. Waiting because we resist change, or the fear or an unhealthy love affair we have with the shadow of a life we have grown accustomed. A long time cruiser I know has said people he comes into contact with say "You are living a life I will die dreaming of", those are profound words. I myself use to sail long long ago and always dreamed of cruising. Then I put aside my passion for what was the norm, 25+ years of systems administration and programming later I have only one regret in life, that I let go of my passion. Now here I am scraping together dollar bills, selling what little I have so that I may at least revisit it and do a little coastal cruising. Go small, go simple but go prepared. That is my plan and the timeline is short. The two years you spend settling things to go cruising are two years you will never get back. Bartered for a few moments more in a life mediocre. Waste no more of your life, provision and square your boat, grab your charts, plot a course, consult your wind maps and go!A.T.
There aught to be a button for something stronger than 'like'. :-D
06-19-2012 11:51 PM
jerryrlitton
Re: When is it time ?

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Originally Posted by dongreerps View Post
One trip I was flying at 20,000' in the clouds when the vacuum pump went out. Later that trip the glide slope transmitter went out while I was on approach in intsrument conditions. On the return that trip the gyro compass went awry. We sold the plane.
Great post but since the transmitter is on the ground, why was it a reason you sold the plane?
06-19-2012 11:22 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: When is it time ?

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Originally Posted by vega1860 View Post
Well, for Lealea and crew it is TODAY; as soon as the laundry is done and breakfast finished.

Departing for Sitka in a couple of hours so we will be off-line for about a month
All our best...
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