Among all the looking for a new boat, there was also an important step that I made a couple weeks ago. I started getting rid of things since we need to purge much of our current lifestyle in order to begin the cruising lifestyle. Actually, to be truthful, I got rid one big item...probably my prize possession.
I think this is the first time I've mentioned it on the blog, I am a pilot. While I didn't learn to fly as a profession, I found flying to be very fun and relaxing. My prize possession, as you might guess, was my airplane. Now, before you think I'm rich, this was a small, single engine, 4-seat aircraft which costs about as much as many cars, used campers, or small (non-live-aboard) boats. Right about the time we were going thru the survey on the Lagoon 37 was when I sold the plane. I'm happy to say that I sold the plane to a nice gentlemen who I think will take good care of her.
After selling the plane I had a hangar full of stuff that needed to go, so I had the first of what will undoubtedly be many garage sales in our future. I wasn't entirely sure how an aviation specific garage sale in a hangar would go over, but I was able to get rid of a fair amount of stuff. This was a particularly good thing as I didn't want to haul a bunch of the bigger or aviation specific items home (it's amazing how much stuff you can collect in 8 years).
It felt good to be getting rid of stuff and putting some extra cash back in the bank. I will also be getting rid of the hangar rent bill at the end of the month and that will result in more cash in the bank while I still have a job. I will miss the plane though.