It’s been almost exactly one year since we last updated our blog. But though the blog has been dormant, we’ve still been hard at work on our boat.
No, we’re still not in the Caribbean, and it looks like that goal will have to wait a while longer. We’re nearing the end of the time and money we budgeted for this adventure, so we are planning to rejoin the “real world” later this year. But while our adventure hasn’t turned out the way we envisioned, it’s been an adventure nonetheless, and one with plenty of positive experiences for which we are grateful. Certainly, the opportunity for Philippe and I to spend every day working together has given our marriage an exceptionally strong start, and we’ve become an even more rock-solid team than we were before.
What happened? A combination of things. Despite our best efforts to educate ourselves and have the boat professionally surveyed, the boat ended up needing more work than we anticipated. We also fell victim to the desire to make more improvements than were probably strictly necessary but were hard to resist (“well as long as we have X removed we should probably do something about Y while we can access it, because hopefully we’ll never be removing X again…”). And we also had what felt like at times more than our share of just plain bad luck.
We’ve however gotten feedback that people have found the information we’ve posted useful, so we’re going to post some more information about the projects we’ve completed in the past year as well as our ongoing work.
We also haven’t given up on our dream – it’s just been put on hold and may ultimately take a different shape. We like to joke that we’ve used up our supply of bad luck, so who knows what exciting opportunities are around the bend! In the meantime, we’re excited that our boat is looking better every day as we continue to reinstall things, and we look forward to turning heads the day we are finally able to sail our beautiful bright YELLOW boat!