Refurbing - The end of the project
If you've been following the refurbing pages, you may have noticed that there haven't
been any recent updates. There is a good reason for that...I've had to cancel the
Life, as John Lennon once said, is what happens while you're making other plans. In
my case, life served up the Great Recession and long-term unemployment. My
employer had to drastically scale back (and eventually folded), I finally landed a
telecommuting position at greatly reduced pay, downsized my lifestyle and moved to a
smaller place on Florida's west coast, leaving my boat behind at a nearby dock. The
new position also evaporated after a time, and prudence dictated it was time to scale
back even more. The refurbing was progressing, but there was still a long way to go.
A buyer appeared, and Sloop Du Jour was transferred to her new owner. So ended
17 years of boat ownership, with half of that spent living aboard.
Life deals out challenges, but it also provides solutions. I endured a lengthy job
search and was convinced that I would have to relocate for my next job, and I prepared
for it. Most household belongings were sold, the remainder put in storage. Kansas
was looking like the most likely job location, and I was wondering if I could sail those
amber waves of grain...when another position came through. Telecommuting
again...work at home...live anywhere...occasional travel...multinational corporation. Of
course I took it.
So I'm still in Florida and still sailing the salt water. There's an O'Day Mariner 2+2 on
the boat lift out back, picked up from Craigslist for a song. It's a 20-minute motor down
the canals to the Caloosahatchee River, and from there clear sailing to the Gulf. The
fishing is pretty good off the dock -- catfish, mangrove snappers, blue crab, and more.
I'm enjoying learning the new area, with a more laid-back lifestyle than on the east
coast. And I'm excited about the future and what it will bring.
It's hard to keep an old sailor down.