Have you ever had a longtime dream? Something you planned to accomplish and took tiny steps towards over many years in order to realize. This could be retirement, or travel, or any number of dreams- both large or small.
My dream is to sail the world in a bluewater sailboat. I love the ocean, tropical islands, traveling, and learning about other cultures. Sharing this dream with my husband, Joe, was part of the plan, so I gave him a copy of Herb Payson’s entertaining book, Blown Away. Little did I know that reading Blown Away was all it took to get Joe on board with my idea. Fabulous, partner with same dream…. check!
Next step is to learn more about “cruising,” which is the sailing term used when you leave home behind and travel by sailboat. This included taking lots of sailing classes on subjects like how to actually sail, navigation, weather, anchoring, offshore sailing, sail repair, diesel repair, provisioning and outfitting your boat, and my favorite topic, safety. After all, the goal is to come back alive, right?
Then, you have to think about the financial aspects of cruising, or how to pay for it. In our case, we paid off our house, saved over a long time, and recently retired early (Joe) or are taking a sabbatical (Carla). We also saved for our boat, too, which we are now searching for with help of a yacht broker. Finally, we are at the point where everything is coming together.
Four years ago, we had an unexpected blip in our sailing plans, the birth of our grandson Ethan. Circumstances led to our caring for him since birth, and finally adopting him last year. We know many cruising couples who sail with children, so with safety in mind, we decided to include Ethan in our travel plans. When he gets to school age, we plan to boat school him. If we stay somewhere for a time (say, for hurricane season), we will place him into a local school in a foreign country. What a wonderful opportunity he will have.
The topic of safety is hugely important to us. Trust me, we plan to have every useful safety product sold on board. More about this topic later, when I develop our sailing blog. The new blog will be for anyone wanting to follow our sailing adventures. For readers who enjoy the current blog, I hope to create while we sail, and post to this blog on topics relevant to quilting, beading, mixed media arts and artists I meet.
Once we buy our boat and outfit her, we plan to move aboard and set off. A decade long dream finally realized. Do you have a dream to share? I would love to hear about yours.