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Hello all,

I have recently joined and been hanging around awhile and will continue as I do seem to find a lot of useful information. I am soon to be 62 and plan to purchase a live about vessel and cruise (with wife, dog, and the occasional visitors) for a few years while (hopefully) I still can. I will post separate questions in different threads as I come up with them.

Departure date will be at full retirement of 66.5 so I do have a few years to prep and plan. Currently I am thinking of a forty something foot catamaran; while I am a low maintenance person, the comandante (aka spousal unit) not so much so. In the interest of a successful venture I will make every effort to make her comfortable (and I enjoy the fruits of the effort as well).

I am an avid scuba diver and lifelong tinkerer. I have years of experience on motor vessels all over the world in locations that it used to be your were in a war or shipwrecked. However, I have little pure sailing experience.

So the plan is to purchase a used cat in the next year or so and learn to sail for a year or two while repairing and upgrading the boat for long term; possibly, ATW cruising. I know there is a lot to do and learn and will inquire in later thread.

From the title you may deduce that I am a Cajun (or maybe not) I currently reside in Houston Tx, so am in a good location to work on the dream as I finish up my career.

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Good day.
Sadly, I find the ocean in general, and the cruising life in particular, quite unforgiving for any high maintenance person.
I would highly recommend you do at least several bareboat charters (with a skipper, if necessary) before you actually jump into this with both feet, and find out if your 'comandante' can appreciate the lifestyle. It is a great deal different from motor boating, where you can have unlimited electricity most of the time, and have the ability to go from point A to point B directly, on a pretty tight schedule.
This thing works much better if your relationship is a partnership, with both parties pitching in however they can, and even the pink/blue jobs theory isn't well suited to this lifestyle, IMO.
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I agree totally and most of my remarks were tongue in cheek. In reality my wife can and does work me into the ground on most days. My biggest actual concern is motion sickness. Being on the third coast close to sailing schools we will be taking sailing coursed together.

Next weekend every one in the family will be taking first aid courses. On the horizon is scuba lessons for the rest of the crew. The biggest short term task is that I have tasked the comandante with learning to ride a bicycle.

Thanks for the input.

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If you can afford not to wait till full retirement, I would urge you to consider speeding up your plans. Time is most precious commodity. I never regretted retiring early and with much less money. It is later than you think.
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I agree 100%; however, I married a much younger woman who really wanted a child. That child will graduate precisely when I reach full retirement age. I have no regrets; it is what it is.
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Of course, that is a perfect reason to wait. I waited to make sure my youngest finished college, as I was helping her financially. There is a right time for everything. Best luck with your plans.

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It is hard to calculate how much it will cost to fix up a boat. Most who have done this say the cheapest way to get a boat that is set up for cruising is to buy one that is as close to ready-to-go as possible.

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I agree 100%; however, I married a much younger woman who really wanted a child. That child will graduate precisely when I reach full retirement age. I have no regrets; it is what it is.
Sell the child now to stock the cruising kitty. Or maybe Lend/Lease?




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Barquito,

I agree on finding one ready to go. I don't know at this time if that is economically feasible at this time. I am very capable of doing most types of rehab work myself; such as engine repairs or rebuild, electronics and electrical, and my wife was a seamstress in the fashion market in Medellin so upholstery is covered as well. And just about anyone that has a bit of patience can paint and finish. All that being said...I would prefer a turn key boat ready for the 3 G's (Gas, Groceries, Go).

I do have time to shop so who knows.

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Mark,

Do you need a Galley wench? Actually, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. The big explosion Sunday was that she had a three day weekend and didn't manage to clean up the toy poodle poop in the back yard. Turns out I am to blame because I asked her to unload the dishwasher on Friday so she didn't have time to scoop poop.

I offered her the chance to home school and leave very soon. Seems she now WANTS to get a university degree.

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