|We are traveling to another dimension,|
a Journey into wondrous land
(click here for the iconic Twilight Zone
intro I ripped this off from)
Why the panic?
|Flags, ships, slicing kit, weather radio,|
airhorn, New Zealand/Australia
Love my West Marine employee discount.
- All drydock work needs to be finished on our boat
- sanding bottom and repaint anti-barnacle and bootstripe paint
- buff cockpit
- redo our rigging, which includes puling our main mast
- complete v-drive fix
- LOTs more...
- we "splash" -- our boat goes back into the water
|Plasticized world map we can write on and erase. |
Great for mulling over various route options, visually.
- no longer have 24/7 reliable internet
- no longer have a consistent phone connection
- no longer have a mailing address we trust to directly receive packages
- complete basic medical maintenance consisting of at least 14 poked-and-prodded doctor and dentist appointments, then say goodbye to our brief stint of employer-paid US medical coverage
- jettison all temporary landlubber possessions, purging
- bed, couch, chair, kitchen table and barstools, desk, dresser, chest, 3 lamps, microwave, blender, toaster, coffeetable, vacuum cleaner, underutilized clothes
- get the next vetted renter for the apartment we're in (to avoid a hefty broken lease penalty)
- correctly time payoff and shutoff of all services rent, internet, power/water/sewer and trash pickup
- return to full-time boat live-aboard in 150 square feet
- reconfigure our fridge/freezer (prior to move on)
- replace our missing galley countertop bottom (prior to move on)
|Lonely Planet Guides are great for finding inexpensive activities.|
- Complete all our food provisioning from the US (that's as many non-perishables as we can possibly cram into our boat and not sink it)
- Purchase everything else in our budget best purchased from the US to last us the next 2 years
- Kiss my awesome West Marine employee discount goodbye
- No longer own a
- US phone service
- Say goodbye to friends, family and everything we've become familiar with on land
|Mural in our temporary Jacksonville neighborhood|
reminds us liftoff is approaching.
Once we take off... our life gets a lot simpler. I can hardly wait!
Questions for You
- If you're a cruiser, what advice do you have, especially what might we not know we need to do until it's too late?
- If you're a cruiser wanna-be, does this give you a sense for prep? What else do you most want to know?
- If there's no way in heck you'd ever do this in a million years, what did you find most interesting in reading about this?
|Our Pearson 365 sailboat on the hard|
at Green Cove Springs, awaiting
a bottom job, the water and us.