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Old 01-10-2013, 03:04 PM   #41
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The 75 is a beast! But I still would love own one. You have a great time on your 55.
Hi Sharkey. Thanks for the encouragement. 8 weeks 2 days to go!
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:26 AM   #42
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7 weeks 3 days left in the UK. Furniture is off to the auction house with the 'special' bits going into storage.

Can't believe how much 'stuff' we've collected over the years. It's extraordinary. So much clobber. So much duplication.

The experience is becoming quote cathartic and liberating, which only serves to increase the excitment. Could this be called Pre-liveaboard foreplay, I wonder!
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:36 AM   #43
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Yes! Get rid of all your stuff. It's not needed.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:59 AM   #44
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7 weeks 3 days left in the UK. Furniture is off to the auction house with the 'special' bits going into storage.

Can't believe how much 'stuff' we've collected over the years. It's extraordinary. So much clobber. So much duplication.

The experience is becoming quote cathartic and liberating, which only serves to increase the excitment. Could this be called Pre-liveaboard foreplay, I wonder!
Indeed. When I moved onboard, it was terrifying and liberating all at the same time. I went from a large house with all the trappings (3 car garage, shop for the race car, lots of square footage, etc) to a 38' sedan- and have not looked back. Where once I had all the tools I'd need to rebuild an engine in a weekend, I now have a basic set of tools...

Getting rid of stuff is liberating, for sure!
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:37 PM   #45
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There was a good article in Sea magazine on the top 16 reasons to be a livaboard. Great article but they don't have it posted online.

I am jealous as I am in the LONG process of becoming a livaboard
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What is so long about the process? Once the decision is made, its just execution of the plan....
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #47
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What is so long about the process? Once the decision is made, its just execution of the plan....
We are setting up for retirement in a few years. So we are currently buying a private dock on the lower Columbia River to stick our trawler as home base. The farm is up for sale in Missouri. Once that sells, we will buy our trawler. By the time I retire the goal is debt free and starting the new life. If the farm sells this spring, we plan to move aboard sooner.....I am excited, which is making things move so slow.
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Roger that- I like it!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:44 PM   #49
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We're doing the same this Spring - moving onboard, that is. So, this xmas we took a business class flight with Egyptair (they give you DOUBLE the luggage allowance, so are great for when you have to lug great boxes around the world) and carted 160kg of our most prized possessions off to the in-laws. In the boxes were curtains (you just can't get curtains like them anywhere but Kuwait for that price), pictures we like (mostly gifts, and painted by friends), presents from the kids, half a dozen pairs of shoes (I know) and some candlesticks.

The rest is going. We are turfing out room by room. Most of our stuff is old, since for years we have bought NOTHING that won't be coming on the boat with us except food. Therefore it has limited resale value, so the maid and drivers friends are getting bags of clothes, TVs, old printers, folders (these guys re-use EVERYTHING).

And you know what? It's only stuff. The real hard bit is going to be euthanising the 17 year old cat and 11 year old St Bernard who are too old for the transition - although the younger pups will come with us!
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We are setting up for retirement in a few years. So we are currently buying a private dock on the lower Columbia River to stick our trawler as home base. The farm is up for sale in Missouri. Once that sells, we will buy our trawler. By the time I retire the goal is debt free and starting the new life. If the farm sells this spring, we plan to move aboard sooner.....I am excited, which is making things move so slow.
I understand that! It is a process... you have a good plan!

I've known so many people who paid for a storage unit for YEARS and never touched anything in it. One couple comes to mind who cleaned their unit out after at least 15 years and did not keep a single thing. THOUGH, they had a house so they had all those "precious keepsake" type items in their home already. It is a long way off for me, though so I can easily give others advice.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:10 PM   #51
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6 weeks 2 days to go! So where are we with sorting everything? On target. House sold, nearly all of the furniture sent to auction, leaving us with just the very few cherished items, some of which will be stored with the rest given to the children.

Now it's down to the last few boxes of 'stuff' left in the garage. So, charity shops, jumble sales, car boot sales and the local dump will be the final destinations.

The additional work we've had done on the boat is almost finished (I'm snagging the boat for the next two days) after which we clean her, re-stock her, and motor away on the 9 March for Guernsey, maybe stopping in Cherbourg, France, to get some Raspberry flavoured vinegar which just cannot be found in the UK and it's so gorgeous to use when making mayo and vinaigrette dressings. It's only a small detour, but hey, who cares? We'll be liveaboards!
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I'm very happy for you! Life is not a rehearsal, grab it by the balls!
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:32 PM   #53
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Consider life so grabbed!

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Old 02-02-2013, 11:56 PM   #54
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5 weeks to go....and counting.
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Less than 4 weeks now...

The plan's coming together with one hiccup. We have a small library that's proving hard to get rid of. We were going to throw most away but after a quick search on the web it seems most have a reasonable value - but we don't the time to fuss with selling them! So today, I'll hit the phones and see if a book shop will take them off our hands.

An unforseen problem with the timeline - maybe.
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They'll give you pennies on the dollar, but at least they won't go in the trash. Have you thought about donating them? You might get a better value by writing them off your income taxes.
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They'll give you pennies on the dollar, but at least they won't go in the trash. Have you thought about donating them? You might get a better value by writing them off your income taxes.
I think that's the best course of action. Interestingly, over the weekend we found nearly 500 first editions, most of which are Penguin and Puffin books with the rest from the 1930s! Hmmmm.
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I gotta admit that the old books I had stashed away - mostly my Grandad's from a long long time ago - got taken to my in-laws house for storage.

We got all the electric stuff valued yesterday. $300 for the lot. Wasn't expecting anything more, but that's like nothing, so we're gonna give the lot away to the poor folks. And we have a lot of them in Kuwait!

Two months to go... ish!
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I gotta admit that the old books I had stashed away - mostly my Grandad's from a long long time ago - got taken to my in-laws house for storage.

We got all the electric stuff valued yesterday. $300 for the lot. Wasn't expecting anything more, but that's like nothing, so we're gonna give the lot away to the poor folks. And we have a lot of them in Kuwait!

Two months to go... ish!
We've done a reasonable amount of business in Kuwait with the British Schools, so know it quite well. What are you doing there?
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Was a teacher until I got sick and tired of the factory approach to schools here. What do you do? Recruitment? Author? Stationary supplier? I give up!
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