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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Plans subject to change, again



My lovely wife and I recently “finalized” our fall and winter plans. The idea was to tow our Oday 19 behind the ambulance/camper van. That way we could do a mixture of camping and short sailing trips.

Well . . .

There we were watching a Youtube video of someone doing a refit of an old sailboat. They got it for nothing, but it needed a lot of work. My lovely wife was curious how much that model of old boat went for in good condition. Next thing you know we are on Craigslist checking out old boats. Her question was soon answered, but one thing leads to another.

Next thing you know we are checking out a lot of different boats. A new listing had popped up that showed a decent boat in the 30 foot range. It's currently in a paid up slip on the coast. The price was really good and the boat ticks off most of our boxes.

It certainly isn't a trailer sailor so we'd have to leave by October to sail it south. If we spent most of our time at anchor instead of in a marina, our costs would be quite low. That's easier to do on a boat with working plumbing, solar electric, and a full galley. It would be a very inexpensive way to spend the winter.

We could sail the boat back north and keep it on the coast of New England for the summer. Another option would be to sell the boat in the spring. We could afford to let it go for small money for quick sale. Even if we let it go for 1/3 of what we would pay for it, we would still have had a cheap winter home.

I love it when my lovely wife and I brainstorm these ideas. There is no telling where it will all end up.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. A lot of spouses would have trouble working with a plan like that - too risky for some. To others - a Great Adventure.

    Both of you are Free Spirits and are lucky to have found one another.

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    1. We both have the adventure gene. Only problem is that we lack adult supervision.

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  2. Don't you love it when serendipity happens?

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    1. Indeed! It happens to most people, but few reach out and grab it.

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  3. Buy it. $10000 cost let's say. Live in it for six months winter. Saving $6000 in east coast camp ground fees of $30 a day. ( $30 x 30 = $900 per month). Sell it for $4000. This could work. Lots of options to improve the costs.

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    1. Yeah, the numbers work. Plus we can't drive the van to the Bahamas.

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  4. Good for you both, and I'm sure it's time for some luck your way, so here's hoping it will work out. Kudos to your lovely wife, the co-adventurer.

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    1. Something will happen. We are going to make some road trips to check out boats.

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