For us, freedom is not how much money we have to spend, but rather, it’s the absence of debt. We’ve had a couple of unexpected major hits to our savings this summer, so in order to remain out of debt, we’ve had to modify our sailing plans…again.
Instead of a 2 year cruise exploring the Southern Caribbean, we’ve scaled it back to 10 months of doing the Bahamas again, including the Exumas this time. This way we’ve eliminated the need for epirbs, a pactor modem, and additional spares above and beyond what we brought for last year’s Bahamas trip. I also don’t have to worry about buying 2 years worth of coffee beans. I have a year’s supply in our trailer, so that *should* hold us for awhile.
Plan B really isn’t so bad. We’ll try for an extended cruising plan in 2012.
Plan B also allows for us to return next summer and work some more to build our savings back up. I’m on the truck crew at West Marine, and I’ll be able to pick that back up next year. While the work is mind-numbing, I enjoy the people I work with. I’ve missed a lot of the camaraderie I had while on the police force, so I’m having fun being on a team again. And they know not to try and cross train me in customer service because of my situational Tourette’s.
In the meantime, David is kicking ass washing the engine parts and accessories. Once the Perkins comes home from the machine shop in NY, George will put the clean parts back on the clean engine and re-install it in the clean, freshly painted engine room. David has lost some skin trying to wash the oil off with our industrial strength degreaser. I’ve told him that it will grow back, eventually, but it’s that extra limb that he should be worrying about.
I don’t know if my washing machine will ever recover.
Before anyone feels sorry for David, just remember that come this fall, there will be pictures of him snorkeling and swimming and catching fish in turquoise water.