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Old 11-03-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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This is the countdown...the hardest part I hear. Each day at work I draw an X through the day and I have the days numbered on the calendar.

We put our canvas cocoon on the boat for the winter months...

I'm sitting under the canvas at the computer trying to get my Pactor working with my TS480SAT radio so that I can send e-mail at sea...it is a maze of software, cables and reading for right of passage to be able to use HF for e-mail.

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Also making more sushi for friends on the dock...getting pretty good at it, but it requires 4 hours to prepare a meal for 4 people!

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Congrats! on taking that big step to set a date for cast-off

Looking forward to hearing all about your preparations as you come along, too.

Love that winter cover--did Lori make it? Its quite impressive!

Take care,

Brenda and David
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Well, the recent economic situation made setting a date pretty easy. For one, I don't think I'll have a job come October next year which makes leaving easy. The good thing is, our planning anticipated this since the present job was highly speculative on gas prices being above $4/gal.

Nope, Lori didn't make this one. The canvas was made by Albert's boat covers...took him about 6 months to make it. I have his number if you are interested. I'm sure he will work in SD as well.

Are we going to see you two at Catalina with the refit boat this coming summer?
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Well, the recent economic situation made setting a date pretty easy. For one, I don't think I'll have a job come October next year which makes leaving easy. The good thing is, our planning anticipated this since the present job was highly speculative on gas prices being above $4/gal.

Nope, Lori didn't make this one. The canvas was made by Albert's boat covers...took him about 6 months to make it. I have his number if you are interested. I'm sure he will work in SD as well.

Are we going to see you two at Catalina with the refit boat this coming summer?
If we're still in So-Cal, you bet. Right now, our planned launch is early January (after the holidays) --we were trying to just get in the water by October and then had the usual assortment of work-related and misc things delay us. However, living on the boat (in the yard) is allowing us to work more hours on boat projects, so we're quite happy about that.

Benefit is that I'm refinishing the spars and doing rigging work now that I thought would wait until we were launched. We may actually get the masts installed upon launch instead of coming back for them a few weeks after launch
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Would love to see some recent pics of the progress!
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This is the countdown...
My best wishes on your countdown. Just think in less than a year ...
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Counting down the days? Here's a gift in case you decide to leave early!!!!!!!!!You're not feeling like you're wearing a striped suit are you?
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What I can't understand, is what do the rest of the people think about to get them through the days???

I don't even remember what it was like not to be planning our escape...Seems so odd now.

Just thinking out loud as I brush-off my zebra-stipe suit and shade my eyes from the fluorescent lights.
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How's it going? Any new news on your plans/prep? excitement
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I think about warm delicious breezes caressing my flesh on starlit nights. Phosphorous trails left behind in my wakes. Palm trees leaning over soft, white, sandy beaches. I Imagine I can hear the wind calling me as it rustles through those palm leaves. A freshly caught fish on the grill as the sun starts to paint the sky. My li'l brown love smiling at me, because she is content as wavelets slap the hulls. Dolphins racing before the bows giving me quick glances seeking my approval of their talents.

I never EVER think about sweat dripping onto my eyeglass lenses trying to get a pump rebuilt. I completely place out of my mind the hard challenges that we will sometimes face. I don't think about what neeeds to be done to get the boat ready. I just do it while the first paragraph is wafting through my mind.................. I in my mind's eye allow myself to see, and experience what I know waits for me......i2f
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Greetings from Panama!

I'm certainly no expert, but... if I may...

When we sold our last boat, I came across a ten-year-old notebook in which I had written my first "To Do List" for that old boat and I was amused to see that I'd only crossed-off, like, 25% of the items which I thought were absolutely necessary to get done before we could safely & comfortably cast our lines and leave Hawaii... ten years prior!

There were all sorts of great things which I thought would be needed. The important items were done - but the majority of "must have" items weren't really all that necessary to sail that boat across the Pacific, Indian & Atlantic Oceans. I only got around to adding a roller furler three months before we decided to sell the old girl!

The point I'm tying to make here is this: You'll NEVER have the boat Completely Ready to go by any certain date.

And I think it's best to just let go and let the boat tell you what you need and do not need ... as you go.

All your magazines, catalogues & neighbors can fill your head with what one "needs" have in place in order to sail this wattery world... and one can sit on the dock an entire lifetime just waiting for the latest & newest chartplotter to arrive. I reckon that's a lot of good cruising time waisted once you realize that you can get here just as easily as the rest of 'em withlittle more than a few old paper charts, GPS and a pencil sharpener.

I suggest you all forget about making your Dream Catcher perfect... just cast your lines, steer for the horizon and let the boat tell you what you "really need" to live the life you're dreaming of.

It is said that "Cruising is getting to do boat maintenance in Exotic Locations" and "The worst thing one can bring aboard a cruising boat is a Calendar." All true.

At the moment, I'm trying to work-out why our depth sounder has given up the ghost... 2000 miles from our home port. Solving little problems in exotic locations is one of the things that makes this life so interesting... and fun!

Cast your lines now and finish your To Do List out here! You'll find that many projects are easier & cheaper to complete away from home. And you'll also find that many "Must Have" items turn out to be completely un-necessary to sail your boat to your own personal paradise.

To Life!

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Cast your lines now and finish your To Do List out here! You'll find that many projects are easier & cheaper to complete away from home. And you'll also find that many "Must Have" items turn out to be completely un-necessary to sail your boat to your own personal paradise.

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The only real to-do-list items that must get completed are...1) solar and 2) bank account balance.

Approximately 30% of my cruising kitty is stuck in the market...so I want to make sure we have enough not to require tapping investments that would result in certain losses.

I'd also like to finish the wind generator and watermaker...but I can do either of those anyplace in the world.

Storage is still a challenge to be overcome.....figuring out what tools to bring and which to leave at my parents place in AZ.
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The only real to-do-list items that must get completed are...1) solar and 2) bank account balance.

Approximately 30% of my cruising kitty is stuck in the market...so I want to make sure we have enough not to require tapping investments that would result in certain losses.

I'd also like to finish the wind generator and watermaker...but I can do either of those anyplace in the world.

Storage is still a challenge to be overcome.....figuring out what tools to bring and which to leave at my parents place in AZ.
We're really excited for you guys, Ken Sounds like you're getting it all together!

Don't get all wrapped around the axle regarding taking a loss on investments. Too many people leave money in a bad investment with unrealized loss until they can recover the investment with a gain. The psychology of this makes sense but the money part doesn't:

Lets take an extreme case...say you have 100K invested in a particular security but because of the bad market performance, you now only have 50K market value to that security. And lets say the projection is that your investment will grow back to 100K in 5 years if left in that security. Most folks will just sit there and wait the 5 years before moving the money elsewhere. However, it is often likely that you could take the 50K, move it to another security that is projected to earn back your money in less time--who knows, with some of the grossly oversold industry sectors, if things turn around in those sectors, maybe it would be within a year.

Sure, by getting out of a losing position, you'd realize a loss upfront and maybe you don't have investment income to balance that loss against, but maybe you do. You're not incurring a capital gain with the cash out, so it doesn't cost you there and if you could earn back your investment faster somewhere else, that's the driving reason to go ahead and take the loss now and move into a better investment for the upcoming time frame of interest to you. With US tax laws, you can carry forward losses indefinitely and when you have a gain, you balance the loss against the new gain...until no more loss. Further, you can take 3K loss against ordinary income every year until the loss is accounted for as well. Yea, 50K of loss would take a lot of years at 3K per year against ordinary income...but if you're someone who has 100K in a single security, like my example, you're also likely to have another several hundred K in other securities--some with gains and distributions.

If you're cashing out of other "positive" investments in order to fund your trip, you'd be paying income tax on those gains and have no loss to balance against the gains. Many people do make the error of cashing out of a good performing investment (makes them feel good) rather than realize a loss on a poorly performing investment. The bottom line for you will be needed cash in the kitty, so getting out of poorly performing investments with long times to turnaround and keeping good performing investments (if they are expected to have continued good performance) will likely really help you out.

All just my opinion, hope all goes well for you in the upcoming year and once you take off

You know my opinion about storage--happily opposite yours. Hope you all work out a satisfactory arrangement there. We'll be weighing the tools as they go on the boat. Hubby insists they're good ballast

Happy Holidays,

Brenda and David
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I've been buying a bunch of pelican cases off Ebay for my tools and smal electronics. Amazing how cheap you can get these things.
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