So next week, December 18th 2013, we will move the last bit of our stuff either into a small u-haul that we will pull with our mini-van to Fort Lauderdale
or it will go into our 10×15 storage unit that holds all of what we own.
(before being full)
(trying to figure our where to put stuff)
Wow has the last 5 months flown by. It’s crazy how hard we have worked putting together all the details in place to make this dream a reality. It sounds easy — dream big, leave your job, sell your house, give away or sell 80% of what you own, get additional sailing training, buy a boat, move a boat 1000 nautical miles and sail away. But the reality has been much more time consuming and complex than that.
If we were to do this again, we would give ourselves way more time for choosing a boat and all the details that go into getting the boat ready. For example, in our mind the trip to move the boat from Virginia to Fort Lauderdale should have taken around 14 days but in reality took 22 days. The funny thing was that Ben and Teresa (our delivery captains) thought it would take 21 days. In Cruising, there is a saying that everything takes 2x as long and costs 2x as much. I can definitely confirm this.
Here’s a quick recap of getting to this point.
Dream big (encourage you to check out the dream big link)– Over the last 10+ years, Jen and I have dreamed and planned for this journey. Years ago we thought we would do this adventure once the kids were off on their own and we were retired. But the more we thought about it and read about other families who have done similar things, the more we realized we wanted our kids to experience this too. We want ourselves and our kids to live outside our comfort zones and live life to the fullest while at the same time giving back to those in need. We have always dreamed that this would be about adventure and at the same time service to others. Over the last 4 years, God has given us clear signals that we needed to move up the date of our departure. A year ago we did not think we’d be leaving now but here we are packing up our little apartment.
Leave your job – That was the easy part and without having the last few months to focus on this journey full time, we would never have been ready. I left Orbis Education in August.
Sell your house – We thought this would take a while but we sold our house in 9 days. It quickly forced us to find housing for a few months. We moved into a 2 bedroom 700 square foot apartment. This transition has been part of the plan to get used to living in a smaller space and really has been great for the family. It allowed us to get closer and it has been fun to watch the last 6 months through the eyes of the kids. That being said, it was sad leaving our home (we lived in it for 9 years) and all the memories that were associated with it.
Get additional sail training – We took classes through Blue Water Sailing School to become certified for bare boat chartering and big boat sailing. Jen and I independently took these week long live aboard classes. I am really proud of Jen for taking the class by herself. The first class was out of Providence Rhode Island and the second out of Fort Lauderdale. They provided additional experience above that which Jen and I have had over the years with our smaller boats in the Chesapeake Bay and in Indiana.
Give away or sell 80% of what you own – This actually was easier than we had anticipated and boy was it freeing. We gave each of the kids a large storage bin that they could fill for the apartment and the boat. They never once squawked or complained…rather amazing really. They gave so many of their toys and unused books to charity and were actually giddy about it. The kids were actually better at this than Jen and I. The other cool thing was that we had many people come into our lives that had needs for exactly what we were looking to give away. It really was the Holy Spirit putting the right people in our lives at the right time. Through it all, we made some good friends including the good folks at Goodwill.
Buy a boat – So our drug for a couple of months was http://www.yachtworld.com/. We spent many a night looking at and trying to figure out what boat we should buy. Fortunately, we had great help along the way including John Neal and our broker Tom Harney. More to come on both of these guys in a future blog. We didn’t get the first boat we wanted and we were crushed but ended up with a much better boat after a few nights thinking we wouldn’t be able to find a boat. Adagio is our new house and we are looking forward to making her our home over the next couple of months.
Sail away – Next stop on the journey – We anticipate getting to the boat on January 6th, 2014 after various stops with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and spend time together.
Being my first blog, my goal is to share our journey both the highs and the lows with those that are interested. Also, we really want feedback and plan to add sections to the blog (ie-FAQ) so let us know what you would like to see added.
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”