I hung this sign on Tarwathie yesterday.
On Sunday, we went to the boat to start prep for our planned April 15 departure to the Bahamas. Guess what, I started finding problems caused by the boat sitting idle for a year. I also found that my will to roll up my sleeves and deal with tough problems has drained. I stayed up all night in emotional turmiol. I didn't sleep an wink.
At dawn, I made up my mind. Time to sell the boat and to beome CLODS (cruisers living on dirt). An hour later, I steeled myself to tell Libby. I did so with great trepidation, fearing that she wouldn't like that at all. But before I could open my mouth, Libby looked at me an said, "Let's sell the boat."
Libby is an amazing partner, lover and wife. She reads my mind better than I can myself. She is so supportive, that she is unable to segregate her own persona from our collective persona as a couple. If I asked her what her decision would be if she disregarded me, she would be unable to answer.
Bottom line, we both agree that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in our life. Which is --- we don't know yet. We are still in excellent health. Many things are possible. But we decide to leave the cruising life while all the memories are still good ones, and before an accident or tragedy forces us out.
We also think of Tarwathie as almost part of the family. It is unfair to her to sit in storage so much of the year. She should belong to a young couple who will use her to the fullest extent possible.
This is not my last word on the subject. My head is still in turmoil. Look for more to come.
Meanwhile, it will take me a week or two to prepare a proper advertisement for Tarwathie including inventory and pictures, and a price. I know that many readers of this blog dream of cruising themselves on a worthy vessel like Tarwathie. Here's your chance. The rest of the world doesn't know yet that she is for sale.
p.s. We had planned to go to the Bahamas with Walt&Pat and Larry&Terri. But when we told them yesterday that we were backing out, all of them said that they would cancel too. It turns out that they were going only because we were. That's sweet and very touching. We have really wonderful friends.