It is simple – all you have do is make a decision…

It’s decided, we fly to Queensland, look at the boat/s again and with fresh eyes, review the figures and look at the offer and decide if we buy new or continue on our search for second hand. We will walk away on Friday evening or Saturday morning knowing what our current future holds.

If  it is so simple,  it seems ridiculous then that I keep rethinking over the whole process. This rethinking includes being awake at the wee hours of the morning, reviewing figures,the options, the pros and cons and the possible paths we could take. There is a lot at stake.

Risk of wrong decision is that we over capitalise in an unknown market.
Buying new stretches us from  a comfortable budget to one with less wiggle room
Buying wrong second hand could be a nightmare and expensive as I know so little
Buying new you buy a warranty and not others mismanagement of a boat but…
Buying second hand you can often get more “bang for your buck”
You buying what to do what – are you crazy?

Arrive in Queensland 

The quiet before the storm

We have arrived and the weather reflects my mood. It’s raining, its damp really damp and all feels inward and retrospective.

I am feeling quiet and uncertain. I usually move about life knowing which way (more or less) I will go. Not with this. I am in the dark. Dark places can be comfort but if unsure of your surroundings they can feel ominous and a little scary.

The smartest thing for this day was to go to the boat on our own and take our time to just be. This was the quiet, the drawing of breath the moment before things change and change in a big way.

If this sounds dramatic let me tell you from my end its feeling pretty momentous and scary right about now.


The Calm Before The Stom















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  1. Jeffrey Milum

    “buying what do do what”? :)

    We are planning a 15 month sail in thailand/malaysia/indo which includes buying a second hand catamaran in foreign waters with us being in san francisco. we are getting a lot of “that”…. very nerve wracking and we are over a year away! love your blog


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