I wasn’t quite sure how to categorize this post, but then it hit me; if this wasn’t a “lifestyle” post, then nothing was!
We’ve now taken the biggest and hardest step towards full-time cruising – We sold our home in New Jersey!
It was, to say the least, an interesting experience. Unlike your typical move, where you box everything up and go, we’re scaling down to the space available on a 40′ sailboat and had to sort and get rid of 37+ years of STUFF… talk about downsizing!
Having recently helped clear out a dear, deceased friends home, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities and laughed as I thought to myself “and to my dear brother I leave my 50th Anniversary Edition of CLUE”.
Suits, dresses, bicycles, exercise equipment, boxes & boxes of books, tools, furniture, etc., etc., etc. – We sold a bunch of it, donated even more to charity and gave the rest away to family, friends, and in the end, anyone that would take it!
Since it was too late in the season to try and get Rocinante ready, we opted to head down to Florida and wait out the winter. We kept a small (5×10) storage unit in NJ with items we planned on taking aboard and loaded up the rest of the items we wanted to keep into a POD headed for Florida.
We know perfectly well, that we still have a ton of stuff to get rid of, but we’ve decided to do it in stages. Come spring, we’ll head back up to Maryland, empty Rocinante and then start loading her up, making final decisions of what to keep and what has to go as space dictates.
Some items we’ll leave in storage for our first year or two as we figure out what we truly “need” – will we need winter coats? Is the KitchenAid mixer pulling it’s weight? How many Christmas decorations can we put out before it’s “too much”… only time will tell!
Soon enough, Rocinante will feel the pull of her sails, but for now, both you and I will have to enjoy reminiscing about voyages that were and dreaming of voyages that are yet to be!