A few years ago when he asked me, “So, how does it feel to swallow the anchor?” I must admit that it stung a little. The smirk on his face was a revealing sign indicating contempt for me, a sailor turned land lubber. He was still sailing, and I was on my way home and back to work. But I didn’t feel like I was done sailing. In fact, I felt like I was just beginning a lifetime of passage-making and distant landfalls.
Now, two years and about 6,000 miles later, once again I’m faced with an end of one journey and only plans for another one, even grander than the last. But all journeys begin with a desire and then a plan.
So, why sell the boat then, If you want to keep sailing? Wasn’t the BCC enough for the two of you?
Of course it was. BCC Elizabeth is a beautiful boat and a joy to sail. However, having purchased it on a loan, we thought it best to sell her, pay off the loan and purchase a vessel with cash so we can do more sailing. It’s time to get on with it, and foreign landfalls are the only next step for us.
So, if it all begins with a desire and then a plan, then the journey begins when the plan is put into action. Finding and purchasing the next boat, getting her ready to cruise, working and saving money, are the necessary first steps. That’s where I’m at today. Joyfully.
What is your desire? And plan? I want to hear your story!