Man. We’re less than 45-days away from quitting our jobs and moving aboard the boat. Unfortunately, we’re nowhere near ready to leave the dock. In fact, the boat isn’t even in the water yet! Hell, the boat doesn’t even have a mast or boom ready to install. Not exactly where we wanted to be at this point. Unfortunately, some projects have taken far too long to complete, and some unanticipated projects have reared their ugly heads. But, beyond that, our normal jobs and the 70-mile drive to the marina have been the biggest obstacles to progress. It sucks. And the worst part is that I’m entering the busy season at work. I’ll have even less time to get things done!!
The original plan was to leave the dock in early July and spend a few months cruising the Chesapeake Bay before pointing our bow south. Now? We’ll likely spend a good portion of July finishing some critical projects… things like re-installing the mast, electrical system upgrades, windlass installation, etc. In the grand scheme of things it’s no big deal. I mean, let’s be honest, we’re quitting our jobs to live on a yacht in the tropics! You don’t want to hear me complain any more than I want to complain. But, it still stinks.
That’s why things have been quiet around here. I’ve been feeling a bit defeated lately, and, frankly, I haven’t had anything to write about. A lot of backwards progress and very little forward. I’ve been here before though, and, while dim, there is light at the end of this tunnel. I was given some advice when I was much younger that has served me well through the years. I was still in the Marine Corps and had just broken my leg in training. My platoon and friends were leaving me behind, and my spirit was crushed. My platoon sergeant looked me in the eye and said, “You’ve got to keep marching!” He was right, and I did. So, that’s what we’re going to do.
One immediate bright side? We’re quitting our jobs in less than 45 days!! Can I get a “Hell Yeah!”?