Sunday, January 20, 2013

What a Difference a Day Makes

We can see clearly now, the rain is gone..
Wow.  Not gonna lie, the past couple days around here SUCKED.  We were stressed to the max and there were a couple of times where we both wanted to throw in the towel.  We were at each other's throats, morale was the lowest it has ever been, and I was on a crazy emotional roller coaster that could only be rivaled by that of the early pregnancy hormonal surge.  It was bad.  Very bad.

Today, however, all is right in the world.  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, we're smiling again and, most importantly, we have a plan.

We decided to suck it up and pay the tax.  This decision alone took an incredible amount of pressure off of us.  Trying to figure out a way to extend our exemption was making us totally crazy; the uncertainty of it all, the fear of "tax evasion" and the fact that we learned our tax doubles the minute it is late had us in a pretty desperate spot.   Once we made the decision to FedEx a check to the state, everything else began to fall into place.  It's only money, after all.  It can be replaced.  It's not ideal... not at all.  But it was  certainly better than the alternatives: jail or a 100% fine.  Everything in life is a gamble, but these were risks we were not willing to take.

Once we surrendered to the tax man, Scott and I got back into our groove as teammates and started making things happen.  We let go of the rigger who screwed up our stays'l track installation and hired a new guy to help Scott do it properly (more on this later).  I rented a room for a week so that Scott could work on the boat around the clock and not just around Isla's naps.  I made arrangements for a professional pest control guy to come and put the final nail in the coffin that is our minor roach issue, and our boat's interior will begin re-installation on Monday.  On Tuesday our modified swim ladder will be mounted and a marine refrigeration company is coming to help us service our AC and refrigerator (and to teach us a few things about maintenance/upkeep).  The proverbial fire has been lit under our butts and despite the fact that we can now stay in Florida as long as we want, we want to be gone faster than ever.

It's amazing the difference a day (and a little perspective) can make.  How quickly the pieces can fall back into place when you take a step back and make a decision.   Thank you to all of you who wrote us with ideas, suggestions and words of encouragement but the truth is, our own actions (or lack thereof) got us into this mess and we have no one to blame but ourselves for the fact that we cut a hefty check to Uncle Sam.  We learned some valuable lessons over the past few days and our boat - and family - is better for it.


Tillerman said...

Well done. I think you made the right decision paying the tax.

None of us like to pay taxes but, at the end of the day, if we are truly liable to pay a certain tax (even if we disagree with it in principle and even if we only got ourselves liable to it by accident) it's better to pay it rather than run all the risk of incurring penalties as a tax evader.

Anonymous said...

The instant feel of relief lets me know when I've made the right decision. It seems that writing a check for the tax is a small price to pay for peace of mind and a harmonious household. Those are priceless to me.

Hopefully the rest of your projects will go according to plan and this will soon be a distant memory!

Junaid said...

Curious as to why a staysail track was needed. What was being done previously to manage the staysail ? Was discarding that arrangement worth the tax hit ?

Windtraveler said...

@Tillerman, agreed. 100%. Thanks.
@Anon - I love that, "relief lets me know I have made the right decision" that is a great little tidbit there and I will remember that! Thank you.
@Junaid - the stays'l is new. There was no stays'l before. We absolutely wanted a cutter rig and so, yes, it was worth the hit. But even if we didn't add the stays'l, we still would not have been ready to leave by today. There are a few other projects being finalized this week.

TJ said...

Sorry to hear you took a hit from poor workmanship. Our travails with Kintala have convinced me that, when it comes to maintenance, the boating world is made mostly of con men and wanna-be hacks that should stay far away from tool boxes and sailboats. There are exceptions for sure, but they are few and far between.

Unknown said...

As a newlywed couple about to embark on a sailing journey of our own, I so, so appreciate your honesty about the stressful times, and the recognition that -- although the lifestyle is awesome and often romantic -- it ain't always peaches and cream. Even more, I appreciate that you guys work through it and become stronger for it.


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