The thought of buying a catamaran for an extended adventure having never sailed one before seemed no riskier than some of the past business adventures I got myself involved in; so that is exactly what we did…
The desire to sail around the world goes back twenty years. I was on vacation at my older sister’s house, in Magdalen Islands, and I picked up a book that was on the table: “La V’limeuse autour du monde”. It is the story of a Quebec family that sailed around the world for six years. From that day, reading the book as I was looking at the Gulf of St-Lawrence, crossing an ocean and sailing for an extended period became part of my bucket list. Although I have not yet met anyone from the V’limeuse, I always felt close to them and was since frequently reminded of their adventures through a surprising number of common friends of the family, including Isabelle.
Fast forward to December 2017. An old classmate of mine was sailing for a year with his family and invited me aboard their monohull in Florida while I was vacationing. Coming off the boat, that was it: It was my next big project.
Over the next few months, I started mentioning the concept with Isabelle and my children. Isabelle was “all-in” after approximately 10 seconds of discussion; no surprise there. The shock came from my kids and their mother, who basically told me that I had been talking about it for 20 years, and that it was about time that I did something for myself. But then… It felt like a very distant objective as I was totally committed to my business and saw no near-term opportunity to realize my dream.
In February 2018, I managed to finagle a meeting in Florida (always a good thing in winter when you live in Canada), and it coincided with the Miami Boat Show. Less than 10 months and four boat shows later, the people I met in Florida that day in February bought my company, and our boat was purchased.
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