Check off the next big milestone on the way to a cruising lifestyle. And I mean BIG milestone! We closed on our home on December 28 and officially became liveaboards on our 42′ Lagoon Catamaran. What a whirlwind week we had! Our house had been on the market for approximately 8 months or so when we finally had a first offer. Our counter-offer was accepted, but they wanted to close before the end of the year. By the time we knew the deal was final, we had just a few days to sell off all our furniture, donate or throw away bags and bags (and boxes and boxes) of “stuff,” rent a moving truck and storage unit, and execute the actual move. We are so thankful for friends who volunteered their free time and energy to come and help us pack and clean. Thanks so much to all of you (you know who you are)!
Louise and Alex Foss assisting us with our packing
Dan Foss sorting our donations and trash in the garage
Parting with my office and numerous bookshelves full of books was one of the hardest things for me to give up
Celebrating our last Christmas morning in a mostly empty house
It seems now that we are fully committed! I need patience, however, as for the next 2-3 years we will be living aboard while I continue to work full time at Lakeland Regional. We met a lady today from Pennsylvania who bought a boat a couple of weeks ago here at our marina. She and her husband have their house for sale and they are in the process of selling all. I must admit to pangs of jealousy that they are setting out on their cruise in a month or so. Another couple in the marina who Cindy and I have befriended having been living aboard for a number of years preparing their 37′ sailboat for cruising. They will be leaving in April. It will be difficult watching them sail away, while we are in sailing limbo.
A 26 ft. Uhaul fully loaded with what was left after selling, donating, and throwing away. It is amazing what one can accumulate while living 9 1/2 years in 3700+ sq. ft. of space!
A view of our beautiful, empty, former home
Our 10×20 storage space a couple of miles from the boat. We’ll downsize in a couple of months after transporting a good chunk of this to Ohio to store with family.
Cindy with the last few items on the truck at the Marina
In the meantime, though, I’ve quickly come to think of Beatitude as home. I think Cindy is feeling increasingly comfortable living aboard our vessel, as well. While docked in Regatta Pointe Marina, we will have virtually all the conveniences of our former home on board, other than a washer and dryer. We’ve reverted to the habits of our early married years and visiting the Marina laundromat. Our bed is comfortable, our showers are warm, and we enjoy each other’s company. After 33+ years of marriage, there is still no one I’d rather be with than Cindy. Thought we cannot set sail for distant shores for months, we are looking forward to enjoying some shorter sailing excursions – many, we hope, with family and friends.
The mess in the salon as we are moving in
Cindy and I at Gaylord Palms for some R&R after the move
At ICE! at the Gaylord Palms: Barry, Erica Foss, Mariah (our youngest daughter), and Cindy
The Capital One Bowl, Orlando, New Year’s Day. We watched Georgia beat up on Nebraska!
Our early visitor the morning after moving aboard. The dolphin was about 10 feet off our starboard side