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We make the final payment on the boat this October.

The plan, subject to revision at any time:

2015 Xmas holiday

2106 Keep the boat at Hobbs Wharf probably till about Easter for greater use and do a few things I want to do to her. Depart around August for a 3 month sabbatical/shakedown, either Fiji or Noumea, or both, or somewhere else. Return Novemberish.

2017 Sell house and move aboard . Attend to any issues that pop up from the shakedown. Be ready to leave to go warm by May (the race to Vavau could be a go but not if they expect me to try and go too fast - I'm a cruiser). Get back Novemberish again.

 

It gets a bit murky now depending on kids. Older daughter is going to be staying in Auckland a while with her piano tuning business. Younger daughter is leaving in a couple of weeks as she has a scholarship to finish her degree at the Sorbonne in Paris (that's a big deal I'm told). After she finishes she has no idea what to do next, so we kind of have to be around to provide accommodation and a bit of a safety net till she gets on her feet.

But assuming that gets sorted we will then do something else. Angela has talked of getting the boat to Ft Lauderdale and cruise from there as that is where her family are now fixed. Alternatively do something similar to IT and do Solo Race to Mooloolaba, cruise to Darwin, then up to Indonesia (I've always wanted to go to Palau and the Philippines too).

 

I'm assuming that at some point the boss will tell me not to bother coming back (bit surprised he was OK with 3 months next year), we'll see.

Financing it this time is a bit more critical, in the past I always figured I'd stop and work if necessary. Won't have that luxury this time, plus a bigger boat to look after, but the Auckland property market has definitely helped with that.

 

So the shakedown next year is more or less certain, the  following year say 50/50 and kind of open to suggestion after that.

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very soon (2016 hopefully), even though we are still young there is more to life than work. Money doesn't make you happy, however a well paying job has allowed us to get to a stage where we are looking at retiring at only 31. I know we will be going for a much simpler way of life living aboard our 44ft yacht but we want to sail the world and get away from the stresses of owning a company, the bureaucratic rubbish and hassles living and working in christchurch (and being part of the rebuild process). The thing I cant wait for is to throw my cellphone into the deep blue, the fact that everyone is glued to them these days, there is more to life than tv, internet and cellphones, its time to see the world at our pace and we will do it for as long as we can. We are lucky we can hold onto both our houses as well and it will be some income, and something to come back to if we want.

Get out there and do it before its too late. I lost my mum 5 years ago to a terrible debilitating disease and she told me to get out and enjoy life, live it to the fullest because you never know when your time is up. she died many years before the retirement age so dont always count on doing it when your 65....

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I've been working towards this goal for a couple of years with the aim of building experience and blue water miles.  Target date still probably 5-6 years out as determined by release of investment funds.  My preference is for a 45-50' cat so am working on gaining specific catamaran blue water miles.  have done the charter thing already which was a great intro for my wife.  It may take all of the next 5 or so years to get her truly onside with the idea of several years cruising in the Pacific.  I would entertain shared ownership but would look to go at least to 50' if that was the case.  All costs take a big step up at or near the 50' mark in cats but speed and comfort do so also.  Clearly shared ownership is fraught with potential problems but expect like minded folk will generally be on a similar page most of the time.  

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As there are relatively few cats available in NZ the exchange rate may make a big difference in what I can afford or not, rather than deferring I'd rather scale things down.  Ideally I don't want to go below 45' but again there are significant savings in going even just a little smaller to say 42'.  I'm trying to keep an open mind about everything as this will be a long learning process.  I'm talking with a couple of owners re crewing positions, both are cats and quite different sizes, I'm sure I will learn a great deal off these guys. 

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