Yes, it’s been a long time since we’ve last posted, but since not much progress was happening, there wasn’t much to say. But finally, we’ve got a signed contract on our apartment in NYC, we’ve got a lead on a boat, and we’ll be leaving Nantucket at the end of January!
Now we begin all the preparation…asking ourselves a gazillion questions and trying to prepare for the unknown. Will we get the boat we want? What do we need to buy? How will the cats adjust? Will our family, who probably didn’t think we were going to go through with this, get on board? Do we remember how to sail the catamaran?
All we can really do is start reading as many blogs as we can find, make lists of what we think needs to be done, and come up with outlines of plans. Right now, the plan is to hopefully get a boat in Florida and spend the spring working our way up the Intracoastal Waterway, to arrive back here on Nantucket in early summer. To take care of the “sailing” bit, we plan to get Cap’n Will, our instructor from our course, to join us for a few days once we get a boat.
The cats will probably hate us, but we’ve been gleaning tips from the internet on how to make the transition as painless as possible for them. We’ll be sure to document their adjustment here so we can help other cruisers who are preparing to bring their cats onboard as well.
It’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time right now…we wait and pray that our apartment sale goes smoothly, we prepare to leave our new comfort zone on Nantucket, and we obsess over what we’ll do with all of our stuff. Very little to do with sailing, but critical to embracing this new lifestyle we’re embarking on!