Two major items of note took place this month:
Our house in Albany went on the market on April 9th. So far we have had two open houses and two sets of people interested, but no offers. In this market we will probably have to lower our asking price a bit, but it was re-assuring to have some interest, as we are expecting it to take a little while to sell.
We have put an offer in on a boat! The boat is a Down East 32, cutter rigged, with a diesel engine. After doing a fair bit of research on the boat after we saw the listing we decided to go for something that could take us around the world if need be, a boat that we could grow into. She has a great sail inventory, and several upgraded, albeit simple (simple = good on a boat), systems, and she is priced very reasonably. Not to mention the space below decks. There is actually headroom for me at 6'3" tall. It is the most spacious boat we have been in in this size range, including new boats at the boat shows.
So, as it was, fate stepped in and threw us a boat that is located in our backyard, on Lake Champlain. Of course we haven't sold the house yet, so we are looking at a boat loan, which is actually pretty reasonable. It is not much more than if we were to finance a car, and it will be the only debt we will have.
Included in the sale price is a slip on Lake Champlain for the year, which realistically is only until sometime in October. This was the icing on the cake for us, as it will allow us to take this summer and really get to hone our sailing and cruising skills while keeping our relatively well paying jobs to save more for the cruising kitty. And then, if all goes according to plan we can head south before it gets cold here this fall.
Away we go...