Captain's log - 11/03/15
I kinda always looked at this whole adventure as a four phase proposition: 1) Dreaming, planning, acquiring, 2) Learning and outfitting, 3) Coastal training wheels, and 4) Off to the wild blue yonder.
Today, we begin the transition from phase 2 to phase 3. Thus far, everything has been 'preparation' - buying, planning, learning, outfitting, etc. Turns out, the dreaming and scheming is a lot easier (and more fun) than actually stepping off the precipice. Today - I gave notice at my secure, office based job.
Since acquiring WF, we knew we needed income. We also needed to learn the boat, outfit her, and - oh yeah, learn to sail her. So it was only reasonable that we sign a year long lease at the marina, plug into shore power, internet and cable TV - while I drive off to work everyday in an office...
The year flew by and looking back, I have both positive and negative observations. Met some wonderful people, shored up my resume and reaffirmed my place in the corporate machine. However, as a sailor, you are already limited by the cooperation of the winds and seas (about 50% in South Florida FYI). I was further relegated to evenings and weekends. Thus, we actually got out sailing a lot fewer times than I wished, planned or hoped (I think we logged 16 sailing days and 4 motor ventures down the ICW in our 52 weeks here). So we decided that in this case -More is NOT better.
Are we ready? (No). Can we afford it (Don't think so)... but we did not buy this boat to sit at a P.O.S. Marina in the US. So, we're going to at least get mobile. Maybe a change of scenery from time to time. This is 2015 afterall, more people are working remotely than ever before. If I have a cell signal, Wi-fi and Uber to get me to the airport - who cares if I am in West Palm Beach, Key West, New Orleans, or Boston Harbor? Since I want to see it all anyway - I quit my corporate gig today. Took a more mobile job (better upside anyway) with my buddy. I'll transition over the next month, get through the holidays and then be 'Working' from WF!