My simple plan:
1. Higher education-talent inspired
2. Employment- work hard, save money/invest wisely
3. Find someone to love you (optional-but fulfilling)
4. Take care of home first - buy real estate smartly
5. Acquire small boat(s) to learn on (could be inserted anywhere above)
6. Trade up to larger boat(s)
7. When able and ready, cut the bowlines loose (keep the house for the inevitable return . . . or buy an RV)
Some of us never reach step 7.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat