When we were in our twenties we decided to buy a sailboat and cruise to Mexico. Here we are aboard Skua just before we left. This was in the 1980s before GPS, cell phones, and the Internet. How did we ever do it?
Then for a while we settled down, started a business, bought an airplane, had some kids...
built a home, restored an old VW for the kids to drive, made numerous camping trips....
and traveled on jet airplanes to places like Europe and China.
We have been out cruising for almost two years now and traveled down the Mexican and Central American Coast to Panama and through the Panama Canal. After transiting the canal on June 24, 2015, we headed to the Guna Yala, or San Blas Islands, where we were struck by lightning on August 12, 2015. With no autopilot, VHF, Inverter, or Wind Instruments, we pushed on to Cartagena, Colombia; our favorite stop of our cruise so far.
Then we did what everyone told us we couldn't do: sailed upwind and upcurrent to Aruba, Bonaire, and Grenada. It was pretty miserable, but no worse than our California Coast can dish out. We loved Bonaire for its easy, gorgeous snorkeling and spent several months hopping up the Windwards and Leewards. We left the boat in Puerto Rico in March 2016 and flew home to help with family matters. When we got back in May 2016, we hauled the boat for its first bottom paint in almost two years. Then we sailed through the Bahamas and on to Florida where we are doing boat repairs and maintenance.
So far we have totally disassembled the generator to replace the pistons and rings, stripped and re-varnished the exterior wood, polished the stainless, ordered solar panels, and figured out a new refrigeration system. We could have done all those things back in California, but then we'd be two years behind. If you are contemplating going cruising, don't wait until everything is perfect because you'll probably never go. Just do the most important things and fix other things as you go.