Major Life Changing Decision.....

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Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Canada » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:05 am

Well we finally pulled the trigger and we decided to move west.

We have sold our house in Caledon, Ontario (and our boat in Victoria Harbour, Ontario). We are currently in the process of selling everything else ie: downsizing huge.

The moving van has been booked for what we are taking that wouldn't fit in my truck which isn't much.

Our closing date is the middle of September for both the house and the boat and will then get in our vehicles and start driving from here to Sydney, British Columbia which is just north of Victoria BC on Vancouver Island.

Our route to drive is as shown below. I have planned out the trip in terms of rest and fuel stops. Total trip should take 8 days and I tried to average the driving time to about 6 hours a day. (that is about my limit but Kathy likes to drive 12 hours a day which I think is a little too much ie: we will take our time and view the sites).

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At this point I am going to tow the dinghy on its trailer behind my truck and Kathy will be in her car. I think I will get a couple of two way radios for ease of communication between the vehicles.

There are two tough parts ie: 1/ the 4 days it will take just to get out of the province of Ontario

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and 2/ going across the Coquihalla Pass over the Rocky Mountains between Calgary and Vancouver....

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Once we arrive in Vancouver, we will load the vehicles on to a BC Ferry

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and cross over the Strait of Georgia to the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay. And then to our final destination in Sydney.

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Here is where we plan to live......

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So..... this is not the exact boat but we have one lined up for sale that once we get there ....will do the sea trial and complete our purchase negotiations.

Example of our new home.... (hence all the downsizing ie: don't need much in the way of furniture etc.).

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We are looking forward to living aboard our new boat full time and exploring everything that the cruising life on the shores of British Columbia has to offer.

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Cheers......if I get access to wifi during the trip, I will try and update a few times along the way as the trip progress......
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Kikaboo » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:43 am

WOW!
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby kdubya » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:07 pm

Awesome! Looking forward to your updates!
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby rlynch03 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:20 pm

Wow, what a lifestyle change...What is directing you to that area?

Good luck in all your new adventures. I am crawling up on my fifties and thinking about an early retirement. Have to get a couple kids into college and then hopefully we will be on our way.

I envision staying in MD for retirement but potentially going south for the winters with the boat (down the inner coastal waterway) as another one of our Regal members does... Maybe to Myrtle Beach or the Outer Banks.

Hope to hear more about your adventures...
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Canada » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:44 am

Good question re: why heading out west..... so I thought about it.

The decision sort of evolved over time.

We currently live in a very nice home in the country north of Toronto...we have lived in this house for 30 years. Overtime renovations ($$$) have been undertaken plus mtce of equipment (ie: new furnace, new roof, new Air conditioner, new water heater, etc). As with any house that is over 30 years old, mtce will continue to be a concern from a cost benefit point of view.

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Having said that....

1/ I hate cutting grass
2/ I hate gardening
3/ the housing market here is basically at the top of the bubble (I think) and the market is starting to correct
4/ based on that we decided to pull the money out of the house. However, to go up to cottage country and buy a year round property we would be just swapping out - house for house
5/ I have spent most of life boating in and around Georgian Bay..... been there and done that - time for a change
6/ I always wanted to live on a boat (without grass and maybe a potted plant in the corner)
7/ British Columbia is basically the only area in Canada that you can live and cruise on a boat all year (very moderate climate on Vancouver Island)
8/ All of Kathy's immediate family live on Vancouver Island. (down side is my immediate family is still in and around Toronto Ontario but that is what planes are for)
9/After buying 3 brand new Regals, I am tired of taking the depreciation hit. With this boat, with Cat Diesels, I can get an excellent boat that is a few years older and in good shape. The diesels will hopefully last my lifetime.
10/ apart from Georgian Bay, cruising up the coast of BC is spectacular in terms of scenery (mountains, fiords, glaciers, etc), wild life (Killer Whales, seals, etc.) - I must admit I am going to have to learn how to catch and clean fish as the ocean fishing is pretty good there.
11/ Cash flow impact is positive for us (versus buying back into the market). Operating costs also decrease versus property taxes, heating costs, etc. Better to bank for retirement purposes.
12/ Still in Canada. So no impact to health care, pension plans, etc. (we did think about Costa Rica but decided against that)
13/ Oh yeah... and it might snow where we are going maybe 3 times a year and doesn't last on the ground versus 6 months of cold and snow.
14/ etc.... etc....

Now that I have put it down in writing..... it makes me feel better that I think we did indeed make the right decision. Only time will tell.
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby GodsMechanic » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:05 pm

That is so awesome, brother!! Congratulations on y'alls plans. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I saw that we hope the best for you all!!
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Mischief Managed » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:29 am

Congrats! I love to hear of these kinds of plans.

Wife and I are contemplating a similar change in 5 years or so. We originally were going to live aboard year-round, but are now planning to sell our current house and buy a modest 3 season waterfront cottage on Lake Champlain and a 45 foot fast trawler. The plan is to live in the cottage for 7-8 of the warmest months of the year with the 45 footer in dry storage and our 25 Regal at the dock; and park the Regal/close the cottage for the cold 4-5 months of the year and take the 45 footer south to ride out the Winter in a warm climate.
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby On Holiday » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:35 am

Keep us posted on your adventure so we may take the trip along side of you. I was thinking of a move for my family and am coming to the conclusion that it may not be right for us at this time.
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Feedingfrenzy » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:58 am

I think most of us ponder these major life changes especially as boaters. Congrats to you for planning and executing.
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Lake effect » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:00 pm

Hi Greg. We corresponded earlier. I bought the 3360 express "Charie T II" that you knew in Toronto and moved her to collingwood. I grew up near Caledon for a time and also have a love of the west coast of Canada., especially the world's #1 ski resort - Whistler. (Not sure if you ski). I am inspired by your story and look forward to your sharing your journey. Presently trying to decide if/when can also sell up and move West, perhaps the Okananogan in Kelowna. Boating (not as large) but great powder too. Looking forward to hearing more and sorry to hear you are leaving Georgian Bay! Go Canada!
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Canada » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:12 am

An offer was made and accepted. Just waiting on a mechanical & boat survey plus sea trial. Meet "Spanish Angel"... Not sure what the name means but it's OK with me for now versus going thru the renaming process......it is currently in North Vancouver. Will get there by end of September then boat it over to Sydney BC (just north of Victoria BC) on Vancouver Island - about 50 miles across the Straights of Georgia.

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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby rlynch03 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:32 pm

Congrats!!!

Looks like you could retire on that one... (smile) What size is it?
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Canada » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:38 am

it is a Meridian 490 pilothouse. Twin Cummins Diesels, bow and stern thrusters, etc.... 54 feet LOA. Big enough for me. Anything over 55 ft the slip fees start to go up by at least 10% so that is a saving as well.
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby MyPleasure » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:11 am

You will love the San Juan Islands and the Gulf Island....so beautiful....cheers ;)
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby TechRider » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:00 pm

Congrats!

I can't wait to hear some of your experiences of transitioning to your new life. I would watch that reality show :)
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby one-n-done » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:46 pm

We still have many years before we are able to this, but talk about it constantly. Good luck and congratulations . we look forward to seeng where your new life takes you.
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby rommer » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:20 pm

Congrats to you and Kathy!
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby nawtical1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:58 am

Congrats.

I love that boat and its Bayliner sister.
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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby Canada » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:57 am

I must admit..... I am not one for being attached to anything. I am pretty good at cleaning things out (especially moving to a boat) but......

I will admit that after selling to a good home and seeing the trucking company load up the piano that has been in the family for over 104 years - (Heintzman Upright Baby Grand built in 1913) it was sad to see it go.....

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Hope the new family enjoys.

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Re: Major Life Changing Decision.....

Postby gofast24 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:19 am

Canada wrote:it is a Meridian 490 pilothouse. Twin Cummins Diesels, bow and stern thrusters, etc.... 54 feet LOA. Big enough for me. Anything over 55 ft the slip fees start to go up by at least 10% so that is a saving as well.


You decision to move west is great! Hope it all goes well! Just curious as to what your slip fees are for a 55'er? We are fortunate here in GA that the vessel can stay wet docked all year long. Lake has never frozen since we moved here in 1986. Assume you will have shore power and dock water in order to be able to live on the boat? Do you have a washer and dryer on the vessel or just go to a coin laundry once every couple of weeks or so? Our dock fee (roofed) is $660/ month, electric is $0.13 / kW hour summer rates (same as at home), about $0.10 winter rates . I am about 10 minutes from my house to the boat so doesnt make sense to sell the house and live on the boat (it is a little too small to actually live on year round. Keep us informed about your progress, sounds like a great decision!
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