So, you want to run away to live on a sailboat someday. What are you prepared to give up to achieve this objective? I’m talking to myself primarily because it’s us that is currently working through this exercise.
Today we met with our lawyer to sign the house-sale documents. In just a few days we will essentially be homeless. The funny thing about that experience is that our lawyer, who we had never met before today, had several sailing photos on his wall. When discussing the proceeds from the house sale he said we could do whatever we wanted with the money including “sailing around the world.” I thought that perhaps our real estate agent must have mentioned something to him about our plans but it was a complete coincidence. When I told him that we were planning on doing just that (cruising) he was all about sharing info with us to help, including looking up the names and numbers of knowledgeable people in our city! Very cool!
We love talking to people who have sailing/cruising experience. Most of them have no idea how much research we have put into the subject though, and what we are doing to prepare ourselves. When they suggest that we should do X, Y, Z things to prepare, and we have either already done them, or at least have considered and planned to do them, it reinforces for us that we are on the right track.
Rebecca writing 1 of several exams during our Fast Track to Cruising course
We received an email from Anthony, the owner of the PDQ 32 in Toronto that we wrote about earlier, letting us know that the shrink wrap is off the boat and that we are welcome to come and see it. Our plans are to make the trip there the weekend after next. We are really looking forward to it.
So, back to the original question about what we are prepared to give up. Without going into a huge amount of detail we have cut our expenses to next to nothing and are setting aside virtually all of our discretionary income.