The goal is to buy a boat, move aboard and sail the world. To make all this happen we have to downsize and eliminate our debt. What's the best way to do this? Who knows? We sure don't! But here is how we proceeded. I changed jobs in December and we moved from Texas to North Carolina. Now this put us closer to the water, in fact right on the Pamlico River in the town of Little Washington not far from the Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks. This location far outweighs the land locked town in central Texas and will allow us to spend more time on the water. Hopefully sailing. As we continue to work towards the cruising life.
Now when I say downsize, I mean we downsized! We left our 2100 sqft house In Texas behind and moved into a simple and cramped 430 sqft apartment in North Carolina. We also have a 10x20 storage unit that still contains most of our belongings. It has a mixture of things we can't get rid of just quite yet and things that we have already decided to sell. To say this move has been easy would be a stretch. We have our moments of frustration, like spending afternoons in the crowded laundromatt as our washer & dryer sit inside our storage unit. Then there is the cheap landlord who want fix the simplest of things, but that comes with cheap rent I guess. It's not all bad, most days are great and each day we find ourselves embracing the tiny living lifestyle and the downsizing gets a little easier.
The move to the water has been great. We are enjoying some of its benefits. We have been out on our new kayaks a couple of times when the weather warmed up enough to allow. We take regular walks on the boardwalk, often stopping for a couple of beers and some good seafood. We have made several trips to nearby port towns looking at prospective boats. We met Mark the owner of McCotters Marina, as we were looking at boats he had for sale. Mark has been a great help with information about boats and generously giving his time to point us in the direction of worthy boats to go check out. We continue the simple but yet complex task of looking for a boat. Spending endless hours searching the web, mostly yacht world, looking for that perfect boat.
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