The past two months have been a whirlwind. We’ve visited liveaboard boats, started reading Mark Nicholas’ book, and lurked on forums. Tig spent hours on Yachtworld, looking up reviews in Practical Boat Buying and pining for a boat that got away. We interviewed a couple of yacht brokers and started looking for a surveyor. We also took a moment to express our gratitude for this past year before doing a little boat shopping.
After our whirlwhind tour of boats, we decided to go small. Tig has been reading the Martin’s site about the family of five’s sailing adventures on a 33′ boat. Their articles assert that cruising boats have gotten too big over the years, and they support the “Go small. Go Simple. Go now.” philosophy.
In effort to step it up a notch, we’ve immersed ourselves in our dream (I’m typing with a sleeping baby in my lap right now): accelerating the plan from five years to “as soon as we find our boat” and stalking local liveaboards we meet–okay maybe not in such a creepy way. By starting a public blog about this process, I was essentially forcing our hand and ignoring my lizard brain.
Now that the holidays are behind us, we’re looking forward to the adventures in 2011. This is just the beginning.