I would second the notion of work now, sail later. Utilize your shoreside productivity to the maximum. One way you can prepare to cruise sooner is to start paring down your lifestlyle. Sell the Beemer, cancel the wine club, and quit eating out so often. Aside from saving yourself a bunch of bucks for the cruising kitty, you'll begin to think in the cruising mode. What are you going to have room and budget for on a small boat? From what I've gathered, most cruisers are not particularly wealthy, but they have pared their lifestyle down to what they regard as just the essentials. The people who attempt to take their lifestyle with them, both in boat selection and luxury, do not seem to last at cruising. **** Red, with the odd ice cube, has supplanted Kendall Jackson. Most of the cruisers seem to live on a college freshman budget, with their number one concern being preservation of capital for a major, unexpected, boat repair.
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Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.