|we love you Viking... but monohulls are just SO dang slow and fat|
Before we could start the boat we needed a place to BUILD it. Remember when we were trying to find a house with a big yard to build a shop? But then we measured our backyard and figured out we can make it work. So even though we don't have a "real" workshop with hard walls and a heating system, etc... we have a pretty great alternative!
|The tent aka the workshop!|
|we call this The Great Wall of Landon. Look at all that concrete!!!|
Landon spent a few days setting the tent up, stringing lights, and we've already spent a few hours at Home Depot and Fiberlay (a fiberglass distributor). I just can't believe we have finally STARTED!!
|it's hard to get an idea of how big it is from a picture, but take my word for it! The tent is 40 feet long!|
|Landon has already started tracing the forms! EEEEK! :D|
|We have some wood in our front room and we are loving the way it makes our house smells like a lumber yard. Wood smells SO good. Hey Scentsy... there's an idea for you...Lumber Yard :)|
One of the questions everyone asks us is when the boat will be finished. If money wasn't an issue and we could just buy all the supplies upfront... maybe 5 years. But considering I won't be working for too much longer and we will be down to one income, it's going to be closer to 10+ years.
About a year ago we sat down and wrote out our life plan. I know that sounds silly... but we literally wrote down what we wanted to be doing in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 25 years, etc. It's weird but ever since writing it all out and giving ourselves a timeline, everything has started happening. Instead of just talking about our dreams... we are actually doing them. It's a really exciting feeling. Some of the things on "the plan" include:
- Buy a boat to hold us over since the F39 is going to take a decade to build. (CHECK!)
- Sail in the ocean and build experience doing longer voyages. (CHECK!)
- Buy a house to build a workshop (CHECK!... except we decided to just work with what we have and stay in our current house instead!)
- Build a workshop (CHECK!)
- Start our family (not quite check... but don't you wish you know what our timeline is for this?! Ahh I love secrets! ;)
- There's a big gap here but basically raise our kids, build the boat, take our kids on long sailing trips, pay off all debt, sell Viking, etc.
- Retire as soon as our kids are out of the house and live on our F39! We are hoping to retire pretty young (around 50) and possibly just work odd jobs/part time to support our sailing lifestyle. It actually won't cost much to live on the boat and island hop in the Caribbean... and doesn't that sound like a dream? Oh man...
Obviously plans don't always, in fact they never, go according to plan... but that doesn't mean you should just give up on them! It's SO good to have a plan and a framework for your life. Otherwise you won't really move forward. Goals and plans help us to get going in the right direction and obviously there will be detours... but this is a good start! :)
Building the F39 isn't just a hobby or something that is purely materialistic. It's pretty much our future. I hope our kids love sailing and love this adventure they're going to be born into! I can already picture them running outside to help dad in the shop or hoisting the sails on Viking... they're childhood is definitely going to be unique!