Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How much would it take?

The weather is turning cold, so while we are snuggled on the couch, we have paper, pencil and calculator ready.  If we sell the house, what will we be able to afford?  Can we take a sabbatical and sail to points south?

As most of you know, we plan to sell up and sail for one to two years. After cruising we would settle down in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area to work and play.  Great plan if we can figure out how to pay for it.   We thought it would be a good motivator to look at our assets and debts to see if the plan was feasible.  So, how does it look?  Well, let's say it is doable.  The depressed real estate markets have certainly set us back, but at the same time we aren't getting any younger.  We don't want to look back in 10-15 years and say, "I wish we would have ....."

The good news is that there are a lot of good bluewater sailboats out there going at very low prices.  The plan is to look for one of the boats on our short list (see our Short List page) and get acquainted with it in Alabama.  Once we are satisfied it is cruise ready, we will point her south and see where we end up.

It's exciting to think about.  It's scary too.

As Mark Twain so eloquently wrote, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do.  So throw off the bow lines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.

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