Thank you for your advice Greg. I did felt that some point of view was missing here all along,
Thanks from down under.
Glad it added to the info. We love it and most do, but I always like to bring up the other side. Of about 7 or 8 couples who departed the same time we did, 3 were done at about the 1 year or less mark.
at this point, I know that 2 are now living aboard in Mexico, not sailing at all. We are the last couple still going places on our boat.
I have seen a lot of people do the sell out & cast off thing. MANY of them did not make the first year! I think it was partly due to trying to schedule that departure! And lack of cruising experience. Selling out is easy if you are not financing the cruising with the money for it. So, head out and if it fits, then sell out. OR, BETTER YET, as you confirmed, rent and keep a bit of funding coming in. That way you have something to come back to and funding to keep going, BOTH!
If you start off easy, sailing in nice weather and building on experience slowly, it will work out fine. You are building confidence in your boat AND yourself. I have heard others cruisers say about a crossing of some type, "If that had been my first crossing, it would have been my last!" We had a full knock down half way down the Baja about 50 miles off shore. A rouge wave hit us directly on the beam. The top of the wave actually was over the boom. We were both in the cockpit, clipped in, so all was OK. BUT, if that had happened during the first off shore trip, it would most likely have been our last!
Good luck and make it a great experience!!