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|02-20-2009 01:25 PM|
|imagine2frolic||Going when you are young, and strong has a benefit. I lost most everything in 91. Left for Mexico in 93. Started life all over in 95. Sailed away again in 03, and I am just now 58. Life is meant to live, and not to live with regrets!......i2f|
|02-20-2009 12:51 PM|
Jody, you know the capabilities of you and your boat better than anybody. When the time comes to cast off the docklines, I'm sure you'll make the right decision.
When I suggested you could sail north in the summers, I'm just reminding you of one of my favorite things about cruising: freedom. If you decide to go to SD you don't have to feel like the change is forever; you're always free to go someplace else. Like you said, it's moving is hard when you feel established, because you kinda have to admit that you weren't as established as you thought! You don't owe anything to the places you've lived so far; where you go in the future is always up to you. I'm struggling with the same thing right now, as I've lived the last nine years in the Vancouver area, and I'm starting to think it's time for a change. It's a scary thought!
Best of luck but I know in the end you'll decide what's best. And, best of luck with the boatyard...
|02-20-2009 05:09 AM|
Originally Posted by Eric
Originally Posted by Sab
How is the new boat purchase coming along - btw? Consider renting in the meantime and hire a property manager. It is going to to be tough selling right now but rent market is still strong. My view on that is - if you have been sitting on property for the last 6 months on the market - it is easier to to sell to an investor (which are the only real folks purchasing currently) if there is an active tenant and therefore a source of income).
The housing market in Seattle will hit even lower in the next 6-8 months with all the lay-offs occurring in the area(s). If you can swing the renting - at least you can hold onto the assett until the economy in the area (I give it 1.5 yrs before it first starts a liberally moderate but not as much of one as wanted - uptick).
Originally Posted by david
Originally Posted by CharlieCobra
Originally Posted by SDJohn
Originally Posted by Adam
Simon made it look a bit easy and I am sure considering my anal tendacies to check list through what should be required - that I am equipment-wise ready (now that my radar is mounted etc)... but the being outside the sight of land, I have yet not experienced on my own (naval experience doesn't count there sadly nor does fog)... It can be done and I have great confidence in my boat - especially with the lessons I gleaned from racing in really rough weather (and note to people reading and being self taught - if you are not racing in non-fair weather scenarios, you learn nothing more than fair sailing). That is the biggest hurdle I face when it comes down to the "Can I do it"....
If I missed anyone - my apologies...
At any rate - one of the advantages the SD area does offer if you are going to live aboard, is a fairly moderate climate and the cruising grounds can be a bit more varied. Between having a passport and all the South American countries - equally you have the transiting North (back to Seattle etc). Besides if going to go - with selling all out (literally)- not many places to do on the West Coast that are as moderate in weather and within easy reach out to travel to other places south of the border. Don't get me wrong - there are wonderful places in the PNW, but I would rather be complaining about sweating my butt off than the frost biting chill that comes most of the year (less the summer) up here.
Of course I have to talk out loud to kinda help make the decision. But, I always believe that it is the people that make the places and not the other way around. Being typically a "solo" sailor, The San Jauns etc as pretty as they are are not destinations for someone that seek sharing that experience with someone. It is easy to cruise the surrounding areas (around Seattle) because they are all weekend deals - not so much for going up further north. When I did Desolation Sound the past summer - what rocked was the excitement I had from people with me - it wasn't so much my taking in things as much as I was managing the wheel and only glimpsed at maybe 1/20 of what I could seen. But the experience was worthwhile because of the company that was kept... Not saying SD would be different - just saying... [debate if you must]..
I am not sure what is going to happen, as the moment occurs I turn 40 this weekend, feel like I lost all control. My boat is being held hostage by the boatyard upon their suddenly deciding to milk the cow dry instead of keeping to a strict budget and verbal agreement. The fact that I have to make the decision to sell now what I have and make the decision of what, why, where, and how to go / get to that next point in life next... It is the real world after-all... things happen, how you decide to navigate through are unique to every one of us....
|02-19-2009 11:01 AM|
Jody.. I hate to say it, but your boat is worth a lot more up here than down there....
|02-19-2009 01:37 AM|
Sounds like we are on the same path...we are just waiting for the house to sell and I think we are good to go...but who knows how long that will take.
We sold our boat in the PNW and are gonna buy down in the SD area. Went down for the boat show and to check our marinas...I think Chula Vista works best for us..yes a little further away but quiet and relaxing...prices werent all that out of line. I was paying $450 month on Vancouver Island for a 36ft and it looks like $602 for a 43ft in Chula Vista (liveaboard fee $250)
Great town and I cant think of a better place to keep the boat....good luck
|02-19-2009 12:54 AM|
|AdamLein||You know you could always come back north for the summers. Just sayin.|
|02-19-2009 12:38 AM|
|SDJohn||Two years ago the Harbor Island and Shelter Island marinas were full. It's different now - for example, there are now ten empty 32 foot slips on my dock in Harbor Island. Larger slips are in shorter supply, however there is a new marina on Shelter Island that has just opened with 40 foot plus slips. Chula Vista marinas are less expensive than Harbor or Shelter Islands, but it's about a three hour sail to get out from the bay into the ocean from there. San Diego weather is tough to beat for year-round sailing!|
|02-16-2009 12:15 PM|
|CharlieCobra||I hear ya on the freeze Jody. My gig I've been on for almost 5 yrs ends on March 30th. I'm looking out there too.|
|02-16-2009 10:51 AM|
With you teaching me the basics of sailing and all, I figure I owe you more than a few beers. If you decide to head south and need an RV driver I might be able to help. I've made the trip a few times and have driven plenty of trucks with trailers..
On another note, hopefully I'll be able to crew again soon. Have had a series of midterms and have gotten involved with the school sailing organization. Pretty busy lately.
|02-15-2009 06:18 PM|
|BOLTER33||No bridges in San Diego Bay , except Coronado Bridge which must have 200 ft clearence. Shelter island is in san diego bay. Now, Mission Bay where sea world is , does have many bridges. There are some slips outside of the first bridge, but mission bay is officially "NO LIVE ABOARDS".|
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