I was careful to title this post, “A Plan”, not “The Plan”. Planning is critical, particularly with big projects. I believe this intellectually, but I do not always follow my own advice. Even people who do not appear to plan, actually do so in a different way, prioritizing and executing on the fly.
I am finding the process a bit overwhelming and can probably come up with a huge list of things to do. Beth Leonard’s Voyager’s Handbook might be a good place to start. We are taking John and Amanda Neal’s cruising seminar in January, and I am sure a plan will present itself before the day is finished.
For us I think there is one primary item that needs to be addressed first. How do I know if sailing and traveling for several years, is actually something I enjoy doing?
My experience is limited to some weekend cruising on Lake Ontario. I really enjoy that, but there is a big difference between taking a break for few days and actually living aboard for an extended period of time.
What about those multi-week offshore passages where there is no land in sight? Throw in some adverse weather and is that something that would cause so much anxiety that I would not even be able to think straight.
So for this initial plan, I think a first step is a charter for at least a week in the Caribbean and some extended cruising on the Great Lakes.
One step at a time.