Okay, that was a really bad attempt at a clever blog title. But even still, it is appropriate.
In my post the other day, I alluded to the fact that we must leave Florida by January 21st because our sale tax exemption will run out. I don't know much about sales tax at all really, but in Florida the magic number is 6%. If, however, you buy a boat here and register it elsewhere, you are able to skirt this tax (which in our case is not insignificant so skirt it we will). There is a catch, of course: you must leave Florida in 90 or 180 days*, and you must send PROOF to the Florida Department of Revenue that you left.
When we bought the boat, we were given a choice: we could file for a 90 day extension for $20 bucks, or we could file for a 180 day extension for $425. Luckily, Scott and I decided to err on the side of caution and opted to spring for the 180 day exemption just in case. While our "original" plan had us leaving...well, yesterday...we knew from our Rasmus refit that boat projects always take longer than anticipated and, obviously, we were right. With the 180 day exemption we calculated that we had until the middle of February to leave. Turns out, we were wrong. Turns out, January 21st is, in fact, d-day. Glad we checked!
While that may seem like plenty of time to get things done, our situation is a little unique: Scott is leaving for his next rotation as captain with Island Windjammers on November 28. He returns somewhere around January 12. As such, that doesn't leave us much time at all. In fact, it's less than two months of good, solid work days. We are definitely up against the clock over here.
On the bright side, there is nothing like the threat of having to pay uncle Sam thousands of dollars to light a fire under your ass! We will be avoiding the taxman and making a run for the Bahamas January 21st or sooner. Scott is organizing a merry band of misfits to help him knock some projects off our to-do list so that we can move a little faster and be as close to 'ready' before he leaves for Grenada as we can. Let the countdown to departure begin!
* "Leaving" can constitute going to, say, Georgia for a day and coming back - or crossing over to the Bahamas and coming back. But if we're going to leave...we're just going to go. No more messing around!