Sloths are not the only thing crossing our path these days…Brian and I had an opportunity pass our way, and we’ve been in hot pursuit ever since. It began with a lighthearted conversation about future plans. Brian’s parents had been discussing their retirement plans, and once again were sharing some ideas with us. Since Bruce and Kathy are both interested in traveling, and Bruce enjoys sailing, we mentioned to them that friends of ours were selling their sailboat. “It’s our dream boat!” we exclaimed knowing full well that this was a well constructed, well maintained sailboat. “We could help you sail it,” we suggested. While we were fantasizing about an upgrade (who doesn’t fantasize about refrigeration, and hot water), Kathy interjected to remind us that she does have two other children who happen to live on land and that she would really prefer her family gathered ’round the hearth watching the grandchildren play.
Weeks passed… and then one day Bruce emailed us to inform us that the price had been reduced on our “dream boat.” Woah! Could Bruce actually be considering a sailboat? Brian and I exchanged eager glances across the computer screen but we made no reply.
Months passed… and then one day Kathy said, “Why don’t you just buy a sailboat, Bruce, what have we got to lose!?” Serious conversations began. Would Brian and I really be interested in helping Bruce to sail? After all, Kathy was not interested in sailing and certainly not for any long distances. Would Bruce and Kathy live aboard full time and if not how could they maintain the boat? Where would Bruce and Kathy want to travel with the boat? Would a boat have room for their other, land-lubbing children to visit? So many questions, speculations, and never-ending conversation about this idea.
Brian and I became boat shopping consultants. We started to discuss what we thought might be safe and comfortable for our parents. Soon our thoughts evolved into what we would want to have in a second boat. Brian reviewed our ever faithful copy of The Voyagers Handbook. He searched YachtWorld like it was his job. I put my Communications Officer skills into action and contacted brokers to obtain further details about prospective boats. We were excited, we were curious, and we wanted to determine what was out there that could make everyone’s dreams come true!