01 Feb Two years of living aboard MAIA
We are in San Diego, going into almost Year Two of living aboard MAIA. We will be in Mexico soon!
What have we learned in this first year? LOTS! Some of what we had been told. “All projects take longer… Owning a boat is expensive…. Living the dream is hard work!” While re-fitting the boat for cruising there has always been things to investigate; What to buy? What will work best for us? Who should we buy from? What is the best deal? Grocery shopping to do, meals to cook, walks for us and Ellie. New and old Friends and Family to socialize with. Fun to have. All work and no play make Laura & Dick cranky people!
We were re-reading our notes from our Mahina Expeditions Offshore cruising seminar, and it looks like we have done well with our progress. For a 15 plus year boat (MAIA is 25 years old) re-fitting takes a minimum 6-12 months and 1-1/2 – 2 yrs to get boat ready for passage making. Is MAIA ready for passage making? Close! (Are WE ready for passage making? Close!)