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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.

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That's soooo boring.

And it's what I did, altho I'm selling the house. Don't want that anchor around my neck, tired of being a landowner/homeowner. Appreciation will be slower now and taxes & maintenance makes it less worthy.
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Boring is what boring does. My list of extraneous adventures and countless vein-bulging thrills, are a sharp contrast to the ridgid structure of that plan.

Bottom line is, I may dream of "escaping" this life to sail away, and am capable of doing it, but am perfectly content to not have the need.

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TB...sell the house. It is an anchor that DRAGS you back and wastes your time and $$ when you are out cruising (I cruised for 2 years with the house and was soooo happy when it sold). When you come back....you can buy something suitable (with or without wheels!) (g)
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Promote goofy sailing adventure, preferably for one charity, erectile disfunction, or something gay and green, obtain sponsor, hire ghostwriter, sell video rights, get rich ... see, piece o' cake

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Not kidding anyone here - the real reason is - my wife and I love each other, but she dosen't love sailing.

Plan B.

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Don't go there TB! One skill I find that you could ply anywhere too is canvas. They ALWAYS need the canvas fixed, repaired, remade. If you learned a couple of these skills really well you'd be set. No substitute for hard work (oh yeah I forgot b. above), and these trades are hard work. But it would keep you near the water...
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Bob understands your pain. The mate barely tolerates sailing but goes along to prevent Bob from trolling for squid. She compensates by bringing along her knitting ... sigh ...

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Get a skill (like database administator, code monkey, writer etc..) that you can do from home. Convince boss that home on the water is same as home of brick, convince boss that the only thing you can't do face to face is look 'em in the eye.

There is literally nothing I can't do from my boat that I do in the office.

That's how you sail and earn the money to stay out there. We're still in save mode, having just finished paying off the last of 5 college educations but it won't be long now

Seriously, it's a global jjob market, connectivity is global.
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Another plan would be to develop a skill that other boaters need. Suppose you learned to be a diesel mechanic. You could make money fixing other peoples boats..
I like this idea a lot. This requires about 2 years of school though doesn't it? Not that I'm opposed to that idea, just trying to gain an understanding.

Also, my current profession is in video/film production. I wonder what the market would be for a videographer to travel with cruisers and document their adventures??? anybody??
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