I. Infirmary and Inspiration

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I is for Infirmary

After all that talk of Health, Happiness and how everyone is Hunky Dory, Lucy and Hastings are feeling very iffy and have turned Independence into an infirmary. Her writing has become incomprehensible. (Yes, she probably should have written posts ahead of time, but she didn't. Slacker!) Is this an evil ploy to make Matt write for the blog? I should coco! (Now, where’s Javier - I’d like a rum and coke to wash down this codeine with!)
Cry Me a River! I'm a rather costly, but cute cripple!

I is for Inspiration

- Matt's Musings

Why are we writing this blog? Why did we buy a boat? Why did we buy the boat we bought? Why are we quitting our jobs to sail away?

One night about three years ago, Matt couldn’t sleep. In our house he often had that problem and would wonder off to his office to surf the web for hours every night. In hindsight it was undoubtedly instigated by work related stress…but that’s for another blog...maybe "W" for work or "S" for sucks. 

It's 5:00 somewhere. Not here. But somewhere.
One night he came upon a series of YouTube videos. If you’ve found our blog, you’ve probably seen them. A couple sold everything and quit their jobs to have an adventure of a lifetime…to spend their honeymoon (hint, hint) sailing from Virginia to Australia. Their plan was to sell the boat after crossing the Pacific and then move onto other adventures. Interesting, influencing, impressive!

Thoughts and dreams infused like a fine tea steeping for a few days. He kept thinking about it in the back of his mind. It instilled inspiration, you might say. {Did you see that?! Three "I's"! Whooaaa hooaa!}

At the time we were boat shopping. We had a 21’ powerboat that we trailered around Florida on our vacations and camped aboard (Matt’s working on a "Throwback Thursday” post!). It was cramped even by camping standards, and oh! what a luxury a working fridge would be! 
Our previous boat, docked in Flamingo (Everglades National Park) for an exciting, fun filled camping get-away!

We really loved Ranger Tugs. You may have seen them advertised. They are 25’ feet long, trailerable and the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen on the water. The 21’ version is even cuter and was perfect for us {it had a fridge}…but that got us thinking that if all we wanted to do was 6 knots why not go all in a go back to a sailboat? And that led to a whole new though-processes…leave it in the water at a marina? Why not live on it?? We are imbued with impetus now!!!
Ranger Tugs 21.
We came so close to buying this thing it's not even funny!
Sailing blogs like this one saved our lives!!!!
{It is a cool little boat though!}
Matt had wanted to live aboard a sailing catamaran since high school. Shortly before all of this Youtubing a relative had gifted us a three day crewed sailing charter in Mexico. What a lovely vessel and a lovely lifestyle!
Crewed charter trip in Mexico on a Lagoon 440. Oh la la!
Matt liked the boat. Lucy liked the chef.
And so it continued to fester. Finally, a dinner time conversation was initiated. The dreaded "convincing of the spouse". By the end of the next workday, the spouse was selling the seller with a tidy spreadsheet that included all possibilities, from two year one-way trip to sailing all the way around the world. Also, dozens of other sailing blogs were added to the sales pitch and lists of inspiring individuals researched. Plans were moved from the “pending” to the “in motion” columns. We saved every penny we could and sold our house and powerboat within the year. We lived in a cheap apartment and continued to save save save. The perfect boat (ironically, incidentally, incredibly! the exact same model that the couple sailed on YouTube!) come on the market in our town and we bought it. Sooner than planned, but we were lucky and in a position to move up the plan timeframe.

Interstellar Independence.
Now all that’s left is to head off to Australia! That’s not the plan (yet) actually, but you get the drift!

Also, the chef on our charter in Mexico was named Javier. Lucy was inspired by Javier. I will just leave it at that!

What inspires you?

Very Short Dictionary

  • Iffy - not good. not as bad as naff, but probably not going to work out, quite bad, poorly. Much the same as batting on a sticky wicket. This sailboat coming into the marina with the current, a dead engine and lots of yelling? It’s looking very iffy for them!
  • I should coco - rhyming slang - I should say so. 

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  1. I hope we hear more about Javier tomorrow. It sounds like there's quite an interesting story there :-)

    Make sure you put lime in those rum and cokes. The citrus will be good for whatever ails you.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/i-is-for-island-nancy-drew-investigates.html

  2. I think I counted 17 "I" words in this post ... surely that's some kind of record!

  3. Okay, am I the only one who wants to know what happened to poor Hastings' leg? :)


    1. 6 months ago, we were on a walk and he suddenly started limping. He had completely torn the ligament in his knee. He had surgery (an elastic band) and has been doing a lot better until Saturday, when he started limping again! The vet thinks he's just sprained the leg, so hopefully he'll get better and be walking again soon. It's a good thing he only weighs 30 pounds so we can carry him about like a baby!

    2. That's interesting, Hastings is the 3rd dog in as many days that I've learned has torn a ligament. Glad to here it's just a sprain this time around!

  4. Sure is an adventure!
    Beth Lapin
    Activities for a Good Life

    1. Better an adventure than an ordeal! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. The photo of Hastings... or how a pup can look cute and sad at the same time! Hope he is healed and this is an old picture. what inspires me? A world map, documentaries and photos of world destinations, the anticipation of adventure and the icing on the cake: travel itself. :-)

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

    1. Ah, the world map - can't be beat- so many places to go, so little time!
      Yes, this photo was from 6 months ago when he injured his leg the first time (torn ligament). This time, thankfully, it's just a sprain and he's already walking again!


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