This is the first full month on the river, and our first full month away from our home port. After putting last month's craziness behind us, we were delighted to see that we were much much closer to our long-term monthly cruising budget goal of $3,000 a month.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
With so many different boats out there, how do you find the right one? Where do you start? What do you look for? There are thousands of threads in online forums asking the same question. I'm no sailboat guru, able to look into a crystal ball to find the perfect boat for you. But, I can talk about our experience and hopefully you'll learn a thing or two, including a few things not to do.
Have you seen Episode 11: Cruising the West Coast of Michigan? Thought so. That's probably why you're here. In the video I make one of Kirk's and my favorite childhood treats: Muddy Buddies, AKA Puppy Chow.
It’s all coming together. The surveyor just emailed us the official survey report, which means we can sign the Acceptance of Vessel agreement, sign up for an insurance policy, and schedule the closing.
For one blissful month, we believed we had found our sailboat. Our offer was accepted, the survey went fine, and Jack, the current owner, had started the woodworking punch list we requested be finished prior to closing.
“What are you up to these days?” It’s that question so often posed at extended family gatherings or work socials. It can be awkward or difficult to answer, because you don’t know if you should skim the surface or dive deep.
Last year, when our search for sailboats took us beyond our laptops and into boatyards and marinas, we did peek at the monohulls. They were tempting, their price tags half of that of catamarans sharing the same LOA.
After coming to a quasi-agreement with Steven on a price for Nice Pair, Kirk and I felt pretty confident in our prospects of becoming future catamaran owners. We can make this deal work, we thought. We’re so close.