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Centavo's Two Cent: Sail or sale?

One of the most vital elements of retirement is the fact that you now have plenty of time to devote to your dreams. You can no longer be stymied by lack of time, energy (well, maybe energy) or resources. You always said, “When I retire I’m going to do what I always wanted to do_______ (fill in the blank.)” Right? Now that you are finally retired, and your excuses are waning, it is time to review your possibilities.

I have always been somewhat unrealistic about what I could do in my life. Although I consider myself successful, I have been categorized as a dreamer. That description and...Oh yes, a romantic. My partner has spouted these words to me over the years, and not necessarily as compliments.

Now, when you have a little extra cash floatingaround, and opportunity presents itself, you can acquire the “toys” that eluded you while you were
working on your career, raising kids and trying to stabilize your investments.

If you live in Baja, you must have at least one ATV...maybe a sand rail, or a VW dune buggy (for desert escapades), some craft that will get you on the ocean....and a tan that tells the world that you have plenty of time for these things!

The ATV came by way of Wisconsin. It was shipped to Phoenix and trailered (yep...you need one of those) to San Felipe. It had only been used for 27 hours...perfectly broken in. The dune buggy was purchased rom Baja neighbors who were trying to complete their swimming pool. Win-win situation, right? The kayak belonged to a friend who called us from the Phoenix airport telling us that it couldn’t board the plane as luggage on route to China. If we didn’t pick it up it would be sent to Goodwill. No way was that happening. The Jet Ski and Topper sailboat were items too reasonably priced to pass up on a Saturday run to the Cachanilla Swap Meet at El Dorado Ranch.

At this point, I was reminded that I already had a 10-foot Walker Bay Boat purchased before we moved to Baja—because I had dreamed about fishing in one. I had exchanged the 8-foot Walker Bay for a 10-foot because on its maiden voyage on a Phoenix lake it promptly sunk as I was trying to get in it. The 10-foot boat became too difficult to throw in the back of our truck (another story purchase), so in order for me to use it, I had to get a boat trailer to haul it around. The electric motor that I had for the boat would not do well in salt water so I bought a small gas motor and all the things gas motors need to propel a boat at sea. We can’t store the Walker Bay in my garage yet...too much stuff. Our little Topper sailboat? Well, if we don’t sail it soon, we’ll sell it. Watch for the flyer...