I just realized that I haven’t updated the blog to reflect our current departure plans. The original departure plan for a long time had been to leave after hurricane season in 2009 (October/November). However, when we bought Tahina in August – about 6 months ahead of the original plan for having a new boat – we made the decision to attempt to accelerate our departure plan to this spring before the hurricane season to get an early start. We knew this was going to be a challenging goal, but having two mortgages (the house in North Carolina, and the boat), was a strong incentive.
However, a lot has happened in the past six months. Despite a lot of effort, we still have too many tasks left to be able to depart by May. Although we have completed about 75% of the tasks to prepare the house, we are probably at least 2-3 weeks from having it ready (original plan was to have it ready by February). To make matters worse, the downturn in the economy, and the state of the real estate market, are really causing us to be more cautious about putting the house on the market right now. Also, we have run into some personal family issues, during the past few months, which needed a lot of attention and time to handle. So, despite the good intentions, we have run out of time to be able to leave on the early – pre-hurricane season – date.
So, we’re back to our original plan of formal departure in October/November 2009. The good news is that we will be able to prepare at a less frantic pace enabling us to do a better job. Also, we will most likely take some time this summer to do some cruising along the US east coast (staying away from hurricanes) to enjoy the boat, and test our various boat systems while we’re still in US waters. We’ll also begin blogging in earnest at that point and documenting our travels.
In a sense, we’ll be starting our trip anyway this summer, but without the full “bon voyage” party. The official bon voyage will happen when we leave for the Caribbean at the end of the hurricane season. More on those details and our route in a later post.