One of our biggest motivations for wanting to cruise is the rejection of the corporate life. Neither of us are happy getting up every morning to commute to a box to sit at a desk and stare at a computer screen. I know, we should just suck it up. That’s part of being an adult. How else are you supposed to live? Blah, blah, blah! We’ve already established that we reject those assertions.
But we have been letting our corporate lives control one aspect of our cruising plans: the departure date. Our October 17th date for cutting the lines was based on a work thing. It was based on my Bride’s bonus which is typically paid out on at the end of September. Her company has made it clear that if they know you are leaving the company for any reasons….no bonus for you!
So our plan was get the bonus in the account, give two weeks notice and then cut the lines. This meant we were leaving a little later than we would like and we would end up rushing south until we were ahead of the cold. So we wouldn’t be relaxing and enjoying our time until we got to around the Carolinas most likely. Based on some recent events we have figured out that the bonus is not likely to be as large as past years and our expectations. This brought up discussions of not waiting for the bonus. After much deliberation we have decided to forgo the bonus and leave earlier than expected.
Our new departure date will be September 8th!
That means we have just a mear 64 days before we go. Only 44 work days at our jobs! Holy sh@t that seems close.
A little explanation of the new date. For the past 4 years or so on the Labor Day Weekend we have done a trip to Gloucester with a large group of boats. Last year there were 18 boats that made the trip. We had already booked the trip for this year and over 20 boats are expected to go. So we decided that a Labor Day Weekend trip with friends would be a great way to celebrate our escape from the corporate world.
Now the downside of this is that it compresses our to-do list time frame. Originally, I was going to stop working about a month before my Bride and that would give me time to get some stuff done. Now we have just 8 weekends and what ever time we can fit around working to get things done. We understand that no boat will ever be “done” and that there are plenty of things that can be done along the way. So we aren’t overly stressed. But there are some things that will have to be (or we really want to be) done before we go. So here is our short list of things we need to work on:
- Check Dates on Flares
- Install Port Visors (2)
- Add Anchor Chain or system to prevent keel wrap
- Install the Sonarphone from Navionics
- Install Stern Anchor and Line Holder
- Check Steering Cables
- Install Inverter
- Install 12 volt outlet at Helm
- Rebuild Winches
- Cockpit Table Upgrade
- Tune Up Outboard
- Install Tank Sensors on Holding Tank & Water Tank (about half done)
- Change Head Intake Plumbing & Fix Leak on Head
- Security Doors for the Companionway & Bars for Large Hatch
- Organize & Store All of Our Parts & Supplies Stored at my Office, Sell the Rest
- Summer Vet Checkup & Get Full Copy of Vet Record
- Apply for Bahamas Import Permit for Summer
- Close PO Box
- Donate or store work clothes
- Sell Car