A New Chapter
29 October 2015
I have been dreaming about owning a boat, pretty much since the day we stepped off S/V Jean Marie on 6/30/1991, after a 4-year circumnavigation. But teenagers don't tend to have a lot of (or any) money. So the dream was on hold...
Fast forward to 2000. Ross & I were getting married, we'd just purchased our home, and we were setting up our investments to prepare for retirement and our dream of cruising one day. From our meager paychecks, we set aside a small portion for The Boat. And then we forgot about it.
Then came the kids - and daycare payments. And better-paying jobs - and the Great Recession. Over the next 15 years, we saved. At first, a little. Then more. And finally, in January, we decided it was time. Time to start looking for The Boat.
Despite my familiarity with the CSY 44, the boat I'd circumnavigated on as a teenager, I wanted to look at ALL the boats that might work for our family. After a month of researching older boats, newer boats, and narrowing it down to boats we could afford, we had arrived at a decision: a CSY 44!
Despite their age, these are nice, safe boats. Their heavy displacement, cutter rig, and interior layout all make them excellent family-friendly cruising boats. Plus, they were in our (very limited) price range. The search was on.
Now, after eight months of active looking, emailing, and even an ill-fated trip to Nova Scotia, we will be closing on our own lovely 'Firefly' (ex 'Odyssey') this Saturday. A Happy Halloween, indeed!
And then we get to start a new chapter in our lives, as Boat Owners. First up, we have to get 'Firefly' down here to San Diego, as she is currently in Ventura, CA. Our first adventure!