|Dragonstar sails away from the dock with new captain and crew|
We listed Dragonstar for sale a few months ago since our self-imposed two year hiatus is nearing its end and selling a boat can take a while. To be fair though, selling Dragonstar was never part of the plan when we abandoned the shore. There never really was a fully developed plan. From the onset of our sailing adventure, we reasoned that we might live on the boat forever and become island-hopping gypsies, or that we might return to land doing something...somewhere.
After much, much, much deliberation, we concluded that life on the water, while immensely fun and fulfilling, is not what we want to sustain in the years to come. (Side note, we don't know what we want to do in the years to come, but surely it will be awesome.) The decision to sell Dragonstar was not easy, and we over-thought it — just like we do every other big life decision. The decision ultimately came down to wanting to be closer to family and friends, and perhaps a bit of laziness. Or maybe it's just a lack of focus and us being interested in lots of random things that don't always pertain to boats. We came to realize that owning a boat is a lot like having a child. (Well, what other people tell us about having a child.) You focus on keeping it fueled, keeping it strong, kissing its boo boo's, and basically giving it all of your money and self with the hopes that it won't wreck catastrophically someday. (These are not our words; it's what others tell us!) While most parents that tell us these things about their children follow it up with "but it's worth it! heehee!" we didn't find ourselves thinking that about the boat. Don't get us wrong, we don't mean to come across as ungrateful and whiny. We are immensely grateful about the amazing days of sun and fun that we had aboard Dragonstar. We're grateful, too, for the lessons we learned. Cody has earned the title of an engine-lovin' grease monkey! Angela can reef a main on her own in serious wind! We crossed the Gulf Stream! We caught and prepared our own food! We sailed a freakin' boat through the Bahamas! We did it all without killing ourselves, Gemsi, or the dragon!!
We will forever look back on our time living aboard with fondness. We'll think of sunlight shimmering on the water, dolphins swimming next to the bow, and the thrill of feeling the wind pick up so that Dragonstar can stretch her wings and send us flying over cerulean blue waters.
Life on the boat was about adventure and learning new things — and fish, lots of yummy fish — and we know that we can still have an adventure and learn new things without our dragon. If you must know, we shed a few tears over saying goodbye to Dragonstar. However, we take comfort in knowing that she is already back on the water with her new owners. And of course, when we want to get out on the water and ride the wind, we hope to crew on other peoples' boats or charter in lieu. We are definitely not done sailing!
For the next few months we intend to remain in Amarillo, TX to spend the holidays with our families. It's something we haven't done since we left for university at age 18. The sale of our boat is a bittersweet change; it's a change that we embrace with positivity as we embark on the next voyage, whatever that may be. Come. What. May.