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Planning (dreaming?) ahead to an early retirement, I have this notion that I wish to share. I hope to find out if any others in SailNet are doing something like this (or thinking of it).

How about buying a nice sloop to cruise the warmer climes (southern US and Caribbean) during the months of Nov-May, then spending the balance of the year in our condo in Florida. Yes, I know Florda is hot in the summer, but that''s my wife''s preferred temperature and I can get used to almost anything.

We''re already familiar with the Sanibel Island area (we own a modest rental condo there), so I believe that renting out the condo Nov-May would pay 2/3 of the carrying costs of the property.

A cruising budget of $2,000 a month sounds luxurious when using Larry and Sue''s figures (see their SailNet article).

Now, having a home-base offers advantages and disadvantages. Expecting to be home-bound for 5 months of the year means we''ll need a car - and storing a car for 5 months without use is hard on it. We would make a thorough plan before we get to far along, but I thought I would like to hear from other SailNet members first.

TIA,
Duane
 

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Ahoy, My family and I do this very thing out of Cape Coral and we love it. As far as the car is concerned have a friend or neighbor run it once a week or the Marvel oil can''t hurt. Pull the battery and leave it on a trickle charger device to keep it active. What do you do with the boat when your on land? Same thing except I care more about the boat. Big Red 56
 

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We live in Fort Myers. Have the same plan you do with an exception. When my wife retires, we are moving lock,stock and barell to the Dominican Republic North Coast. We just bought a 2 bd. condo overlooking the water from a nice hill for $32,000. All furnished down to the towels. We plan to Sail the caribbean until hurricane season then make Samana our home port. At this time, we are looking to sell our 28 Lancer in order to buy something bigger.She has two years to go... I''m counting the MINUTES.
 

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Thanks all for the good advice. I''m late in this last post since we were away for a few weeks.

Big Red and Speedy, you''re both in our "neck of the woods" in Lee County (we live in PA, but think of Sanibel as our home).

Big Red, I left a message for you on SailNet to email me. Please do; love to chat a bit.

Speedy, if you read this, please email me at [email protected] Sure sounds like you have a great dream waiting to happen soon.
 
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