“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain
The idea was simple enough; sell that stuff that had been sitting in the basement since the last move and all of the rest that had been accumulated over the years, buy a boat, live simply, and head for the South Pacific. And that is exactly the direction we are headed in! After two years of Craigslist adds and community yard sales, the stuff is gone. We don’t miss any of it. The house has been sold, and the boat has been purchased. The hard part of the journey, as we are finding out, is just beginning.
On July 12, 2013, immediately after we closed, we moved Sea Major to a different marina. The marina is called Brewer Sakonnet Marina and is located in Portsmouth, RI. As much as we would like to cut those dock lines and set sail to exotic ports, the list of boat projects has only been growing. We have been cleaning, loading, fixing, installing, etc. for about four weeks now and are starting to understand why people take years to outfit their boats. But the light is beginning to shine at the end of the tunnel, and we can see that the basic level of safety for coastal sailing is nearly met.
It is our immediate plan to set sail for Maine in less than a week (August 2013). While there, we will get to spend some time with our dear old friends The Murrays. Elizabeth and Andrew are scheduled to move there on August 12th. After spending a few weeks with them, we hope to make our way south to Wildwood, NJ. It is there that we will spend some time with Mitchell’s family and continue working on the boat to make her a blue water cruiser. Once we have everything in order, we will start working our way south to the islands in the Caribbean (after a brief visit to Columbus to meet the newest member of Natalie’s sister’s family). If we make it to the Turks and Caicos, we will then make the call to turn south-west through the Windward passage and head to Panama or to continue on the thorny path through the Caribbean (click here). If all goes well and we are enjoying ourselves, we hope to make it through the Panama Canal and head for the South Pacific Islands. We hope to explore the South Pacific until our money runs out!
As we set out, we want to thank our family, friends and co-workers for their love and support. We love and will miss each one of you over the next two years! Please call, send email updates and come visit!
March 2014 UPDATE: Changing Course
July 2014 UPDATE: Campervan Confessions