Well as we were always taught at school; ‘ the first is the worst,’ and I’m sure this post will not differ from the theme.
I thought I’d start this blog with a retrospective look at how we got here, to this point in time, where we are now facing a daunting but exciting task. It’s at this point in most young couples lives where they are looking to settle down, get a mortgage, furnish their house and perhaps even add to their family count.
Well we’ve managed the last one, but H & myself are far from the average couple and very rarely base our decisions on rhyme or reason, although I must say I am a fan of both.
Just over three months ago we felt something in our lives needed to change, we weren’t unhappy but we felt a pulling towards a different life, it was at this point we reminded ourselves of that month we spent aboard the 38ft Catamaran, Pumpkin, whilst sailing around the Philippines. We recalled how we were happy living with the simplest of comforts and the lack of baggage. Granted, it was only a month (well just shy of a month actually), but we just could not shake that feeling of change.
We set about planning a similar lifestyle. Mission: To live aboard a sea faring boat. Time-scale: 1 – 2 years. Enough time to leisurely scout boats, do some sail training, get funds together and, of course, get used to the idea!
Sorry? Did I say 1 – 2 years? God had a different plan, the mission remained however, and he provided a boat and the means to accomplish the feat within no time at all. Before we knew it we were to be preparing for the move.
The boat which had been provided was Pinafore, a 1983 Prout Quest 31, set out with 2 cabins, a spacious saloon, toilet/washroom, galley, chart table and a spare cabin for storage.
So here we are – 20 days left until we move onto her and begin the next chapter of our life as liveaboards. It’s a daunting time as we still have much stuff to sell, give away and throw out but we are reminded that we are not the only ones to come up against such challenges:
’21 And Jesus looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.’