|Special thanks to Sally for her awesome sparkler photo|
It’s the start of a new year, a time of longer days and new beginnings, and Vlad and I have decided to take the plunge and go cruising earlier than we had planned. Originally, we were going to take a year and a half to get everything ready and build up a cruising kitty with the intention of heading out at the start of 2013. But as luck would have it, we think we can head out into the wild blue yonder several months earlier.
This is not the standard for most cruising plans. In fact, those plans often get pushed back a few months or even a few years because either the boat’s not ready or the money, which said it was only going on a quick trip to West Marine, has strangely vanished. But we think we have a boat that’s pretty darn close to ready and enough money for a couple of years of cruising on a serious budget.
Of course, we still have a ginormous to-do list, and many, many, many things to consider. Should we get a new mainsail? Do we need to replace all the rigging? How do we go about fixing the corrosion on the aluminum toerail? What about the octopus clogging up our water intake thru-hull? These were questions we were going to slowly consider over the course of a year (Except for the octopus. He needs to move on.), but now we’ve got three months. Can we get everything fixed up and ready to sail in such a short amount of time? I think we’re up to the challenge. Vlad is dubious, but we both can't wait to wake up to scenes like the one below every day.