Cindy and I are ready for a change. We’ve just listed our beloved Beatitude, our home for more than four years, on the market. It was not without much deliberation and soul-searching. We have so enjoyed our time on the water, hopping from one tropical island to another. We’ve had so many wonderful experiences and have learned so much as we’ve put nine-thousand nautical miles in our wake. We’ve explored places we never would have seen otherwise. We’ve met wonderful people, enjoyed stunning sunsets, been face to face with sharks and howler monkeys, soaked up the sun on some of the most spectacular sandy beaches, snorkeled and swam in the clearest waters, sailed the open ocean in the dark of night, and anchored behind the Statue of Liberty as well as in isolated, uninhabited islands. It’s been a wonderful life!
However, seasons change (even in the tropics, there is wet season and dry season). We have decided it’s time for other adventures. When we first bought Beatitude, our mindset was that we would live this life for as long as we felt we wanted to. When we decided otherwise, we’d walk away and do something else. Being novices to sailing and cruising, we didn’t know if that would be one year, five years, or twenty years. It turned out to be a little over four years. Once our lightning strike repairs are completed, we’ll spend a few months making our way back to Florida. (That is, unless it sells before we arrive. Wouldn’t that be nice!) Until we reach the states, we’ll enjoy the remaining time we have on our wonderful boat.
You may be wondering what is next. Well… so are we! Actually, we have some ideas. We almost certainly will be purchasing an RV and spend some time on the road exploring North America. There’s so much of the U.S. we’ve not seen yet, especially out west. In addition to the RV thing, we are considering the possibility of downsizing from our present vessel, a 42′ catamaran, to a 35ish-foot monohull and place it somewhere in the Caribbean (Virgin Islands?, Puerto Rico?) to enjoy on a part-time basis. We are also considering buying a condo in some warm place close to the water. We are so blessed to have multiple options available to us.
I hope you’ll continue to follow our adventures until we return to the states… and beyond!