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Is it really a dream come true?

Like many of you , since I have been young I had a dream to sail the seven seas chase the sun and the wind, but I wonder, after YOU took the big steps,with some of you quitting jobs, maybe even selling your home , does sailing day after day , month after month, year after year is REALLY a dream come true? or ,if asking it a bit different: is it STILL a dream come true after the honeymoon period ended, ? in hindsight, is it as you imagined it to be? do you have any regrets ? would you have done anything differently?
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Re: Is it really a dream come true?

Several years as a full time liveaboard, and we still cherish the experience. It was an adventure, and included tons of things happening. Some trying, some exciting, some painful - but it was LIVING, not dying a day at a time as many of us are doing.

Different every day, some times several times a day. Don't like the current view, sail an hour or so, and different perspective on everything. Don't like the (insert word here), raise the sails and move along.

I would have started earlier, by a couple of decades, even with a smaller, less capable boat. Especially now, that you can buy a kindle and an iPod and have the best of technology, with no damage to the books/cds/tapes and the like.
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Re: Is it really a dream come true?

You'll get a different opinion from every member, we may agree on some things, but not all.
I, for one, after 4 years aboard, find myself wondering occasionally what the hell am I doing here. But, it doesn't last long and then I wake up and find myself in my version of heaven on earth.
I have never in my 65 years on earth seen any group of people as wonderful and diverse as sailors. This has been a mind expanding experience.
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Re: Is it really a dream come true?

I've been at it for 8 years now and it's a great life for me.
Theres always something to do, fishing, reading, sailing, fixing the damn boat, drinking with my friends, kayaking, fixing the damn boat..........
The traveling is nice even though I'm not a "real" cruiser. If you have portable hobbies you'll never be bored and if you are then you've got time to fix the damn boat

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..... If you have portable hobbies you'll never be bored and if you are then you've got time to fix the damn boat
I have difficulty getting through a single chapter in (even a good) book when I'm sitting on deck... too many things to observe, notice, admire..

We have been sailing since 1981. We don't liveaboard/cruise full time but we have spent up to 8 weeks at a time onboard for the past 12 summers. Every time we depart we think we'll come back early to take in some 'city summer' stuff.. hasn't happened yet.
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Re: Is it really a dream come true?

Do it now - don't wait till you are too damned old, like I did. My sailing adventures didn't begin until 8 years ago, and now, at age 75, health issues are plaguing me, which may curtail my ability to sail more than another year or two.

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Do it now - don't wait till you are too damned old, like I did. My sailing adventures didn't begin until 8 years ago, and now, at age 75, health issues are plaguing me, which may curtail my ability to sail more than another year or two.

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As someone who has always looked at the boats in the harbor and said I'm going to do that as soon as "the time is right". I'm now retired and have the money to do it but may no longer have the health. If you wait till the time is right the window may pass you by.
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These look like they stopped adding new stories a few years ago, but I used to like reading them. You'll note, if you scan through them, most return to shore after a handful of years. That's not to say they didn't love every minute, only that it doesn't typically last forever.

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Re: Is it really a dream come true?

Unless you try living your dream, you will never know. I'm 2 years away from casting off. Want to do it before I turn 60. Will not have too much money, but enough for a decent 30 foot boat and several years of frugal cruising. Regardless of how much money I do have at the time, I will not delay, even if I have to get a smaller boat and live on rice and beans for the next 5 years. And if it does not work out, I will adjust, as always. Have no fear.

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Re: Is it really a dream come true?

I just got home from plowing slushy miserable snow all night.
Casting off when this last big plowing contract is done.
Summer time it's humping granite or limestone up scaffolding to build chimneys and fireplaces.
Anything has to be an improvement!
If I get fed up of sailing I'll come back to Canada and buy another house on one of the coasts. Will never move back to the area I'm in now, would move anyway if I wasn't going sailing.
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