Why don't you ask me a simple question, Pat? Something like...how high is up? Or...how much does a boat cost?
This forum restricts comments to 2,000 characters, so I can't give you the answer I want. So I'll say this...Lauderdale became too big, too crowded and too expensive, not to mention the crime. The place I loved turned into a place I couldn't stand over a 40+ year span.
Economics has a lot to do with it. Bottom line, playing around on boats most of my life wasn't financially rewarding and, in retirement, I simply can't afford to live in my own country anymore. Panama has wonderful benefits for retirees and I can afford to live here. It is also listed by Forbes, Money Magazine and others as one of the top 10 places for retirees to live in.
How's the search going? Franc and I were boatless for about 6 months and it was tough. ...Not having access to go visit the boat and do some projects to prep it for the next sailing season. I found this link for the Albergs. not sure if you have seen it yet, but hopefully it helps.