For those friends who don’t happen to follow our adventures on Facebook, many apologies. A lot has happened since my last blog called Childbirth (29 August) from somewhere in Virginia. We came to the realization that the RV lifestyle was just not for us. While I was admittedly a little slower than Carrie on coming to that conclusion, we are fully in agreement that we want to go back to a sailboat and the cruising life.
Last Saturday (12 September) we arrived in Jacksonville, Florida and are staying at the Naval Air Station RV Park. Soon after we arrived we posted a description and several pictures in a file and posted a link with our wish to sell the RV on our Facebook accounts, asking our friends to share it with their list of friends and test the waters for a buyer.
As they say, be careful what you ask for. Almost immediately a friend of one of our Facebook friends contacted us, wanting to see the RV. They lived just south of Jacksonville and, since they also happened to be retired military, Carrie made an appointment to meet with them here on base. Long story short, as of Friday, we are no longer the owners of the 37-foot Class A motorhome we purchased in late February of this year. We deliver the RV to its new owners tomorrow. We will be officially homeless. But there’s more.
We originally planned on coming to Jacksonville to get some medical matters completed and meet with our new Primary Care Provider as part of our medical insurance through the Military. However, for almost a month now we have been scouring the internet and our sailing network for possible cruising sailboats to purchase, and found several in this immediate area we felt were worth a look, so we also made some appointments with brokers.
We wanted to do something a bit different this time. Instead of purchasing a boat that needed upgrades to enable us to cruise offshore at a low price and put the work into the boat ourselves, we were focusing this time on one with more of the equipment we want already installed to minimize the time required to get back out there exploring and enjoying the community we’ve missed so much. Not many boats on the market fit that requirement.
Our visits were rather discouraging, to say the least. The boats didn’t live up to their advertisements and the work required turned out to be rather daunting. I was making up a list of work required on the boat we found the most promising in preparation for making a reasonable offer when Carrie, that mistress of internet sailboat investigation, discovered a boat with reportedly everything we would need. The boat was not that old, an excellent pedigree, had been through an Atlantic crossing, had a great resume of onboard equipment, a price within our reach, and was right outside of Jacksonville closer to the coast. When she called the owner we were able to set up an appointment the next day.
Once again the abridged version of the story is this: We met on the boat, a 1989 Moody 425, and toured it with the owners, made an offer that has been accepted, and are now trying to set up a marine survey to confirm the boat’s seaworthiness. I don’t want to jinx things but we are very hopeful that our search is almost over.
Here is a link to the listing for additional pictures: http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/48214
Needless to say the last week has been a little hectic; things have been coming at us rather quickly but these are the things we have wanted to happen. It appears to have been a fruitful week in Jacksonville. As I’ve said before, stay tuned. Updates to our progress back on the water will follow as they develop.