Ok, one final post to wrap up our RVing winter before we shift gears to talking about our new boat!
Everything was coming together post survey right on track, which meant we needed to get our butts closer to Punta Gorda to take delivery. We’d also need to be near civilization to take care of all of the paperwork about to flood our inbox.
This post covers: March 5 – 14
Koreshan State Historic Site – Estero, FL
The Koreshan State Historic Site is located just south of Ft. Myers, and is part of the state park system.
It’s a unique little bubble of beauty amongst suburban sprawl.
Deeded to the state of Florida in 1961 (hey, same year our bus was made!) by the last decedents of the Koreshanity faith (yes, that’s a thing) – it was formerly a colony based around the entire universe existing within a giant hollow sphere.
Remnants of the colony still exist for tours, in which farmer’s markets, festivals, concerts, yoga classes and crystal bowl mediations are still hosted today.
And just steps away is a newly renovated 60 site campground – which just happened to have a 12-day opening that aligned with our projected boat closing date. (Hmm… maybe we DO exist as the center of a giant hollow sphere?)
The location turned out to be perfect. With a gorgeous bamboo lined hiking trail along the river, we had ample retreat time to get in hikes amongst the pre-boat jitters. (For those curious, yes, this is where we filmed our ‘Change‘ video.)
The whole park is really quite lovely and I wish I could tell you more about it.
But our primary reason for being here was because there’s a shopping center with a Publix, UPS Store and several banks right across the intersection. And up the road is an outdoor mall with just about every big box store imaginable.
Not normally our criteria for a campground… but…
Once our 58-pages of boat-closing papers arrived, we were able to take them over to the UPS Store for printing. And then walk across the parking lot to our bank for free notary service (we keep a small savings account with Chase just for these types of needs), and then overnighted the documents back to our finance office.
And just like that.. the next morning we were boat owners.
Smoother than glassy water.
It was actually kinda surreal just how quickly it all came together. We were expecting some sort of glitch.
No lien hang ups? No repair delays? No documentation problems? They’re really going to finance a yacht to two nomadic self employed individuals who have had no home base for nearly 11 years? And sell us boat-novices insurance without big restrictions??
It really hadn’t sunk in at this point – after all we only had digital paperwork, an automatic loan payment setup and a few grand missing from our bank account to show for it.
Boat Delivery & Move In
We won the seller & seller’s broker lottery – both have been completely awesome.
Ron of Pier One Yacht Sales was able to find us marina space nearby (it’s still snowbird season with limited availability), and he and the seller Henry offered to deliver the boat for us so we wouldn’t need to hire a captain.
So Friday morning after all funds arrived where they needed to be, we drove up to meet Ron & Henry for a fun day on the water.
On the approximately 2 hour motor south we both got ample time behind the wheel. Dolphins escorted us along the way, welcoming us to life on the water.
We overnighted on the boat to celebrate (because well, we own a fricken boat apparently). We returned to the bus still parked at the center of the universe with over a week left on our reservation.
We made the hour long trip back up to the boat over the weekend to bring on board more stuff Henry had in storage, and spent the afternoon thoroughly going through the boat with him (we mentioned we won the seller lottery, right?).
And then we looked at each other.. why the HECK are we commuting??
This is going to get old real quick, especially since spring break was now in full effect – meaning the campground was becoming less and less a peaceful retreat. And we were growing anxious to be on our (OUR?!) boat.
We do own a second home after all now and don’t HAVE to stay in the bus just because we have a spot pre-paid. This CHANGE thing takes some time to sink in.. even for us neophiles.
We made arrangements to store the bus nearby the boat, spent an afternoon moving aboard and left a few nights on our campground reservation open so hopefully someone else was able to enjoy it.
Kiki quickly acclimated to boat life, by the way (especially once she discovered the Lido Deck has a buffet.)
And with that, we officially relinquished the descriptive label of ‘Full-Time RVer’ we had held onto for nearly 11-years and became part-time cruisers & part-time RVers (but still full-time Technomads).
You’d think there would be a cool ceremony for such occasions or at least a Hallmark card, but alas – it was a moment we toasted pretty much on our own – as us nomadic types tend to do.
We’ve been super busy getting acclimated, starting to tackle boat-projects and caught up on life in general.
Give us a few days to get back into production mode – we have footage to put together with a tour of the boat and documenting our decision making & buying process. We’ll also cover our intentions on storing the bus.
We’ll start getting those posts out as soon as we can.
We’re exited to share it all with you!