When was the last time you’ve really exercised your creativity? I can tell you this, for the past several days, Rebecca and I have done little but. I’ll admit that for some time, we’ve been operating on autopilot. Of course, we were working to restock our cruising kitty but we had no definite plans, and none of the energy that goes along with them. Things are different now. Now we have a goal, and are working hard to make it a reality, in one form or another.
Let’s talk boats. The question has already been asked, what boat are we going to complete our next adventure on? Recently we had the chance to meet Tasha Hacker of Turf to Surf fame in person and during our brief dockside conversation, she shared her thoughts on boats. Thoughts that we tend to agree on. Unlike many people who choose a boat for life, to us, a boat is and always has been a vehicle. A vehicle to help us achieve our dreams, but a vehicle nonetheless. There are sports cars and snowmobiles, tractors and trains. Each vehicle was designed for a specific purpose, and so are boats. We’ve proven that ZTC is a fantastic boat for cruising in the tropics. She was not designed for Patagonia though. So, to that end, once we’ve recommissioned her, we plan to list her for sale so that some other fortunate cruising couple can enjoy all that we have here. That leaves us shopping for another vehicle though. One that, if not designed specifically for high-latitude sailing, will carry us safely in the areas we hope to visit.
Just as we did back in 2008, we’ve spent hours and hours scouring Yachtworld and other online listings, searching for just the right boat at the right price. With our unfortunate change in work status, and with it, the loss of income that we were relying upon, we’ve had to change our search criteria a bit, or get more creative! Which brings me back to the first paragraph in this post.
I know that we’ll have no trouble finding a boat to complete our journey. There are plenty of smaller, relatively inexpensive, seaworthy boats out there. But what about sharing our dreams with someone else, or multiple people? Go now, go small and remain debt free vs. work to acquire our new dream boat and share the experience with others first hand… that is what we’ve been pondering. Just for fun, this is our new dream boat. Who wants to come sailing with us?
Could you imagine yourself here?