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Please tell me it is worth it???

Thanks again. My wife and I appreciated the input very much. Trying to see if there are any coastal opportunities, jobwise, and then look at not buying a house in landlocked Idaho and moving to a place where we are surrounded with like minded people.

Again, Thanks.
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Funny how dreams are shared, and how circumstances can sometimes be the same, and in other respects be so different.

Like you, we live inland (Alberta) and share the dream. I''ve been working on getting sailing qualifications for a few years, working up to an advanced coastal skippers qualification. I''m currently working on my amateur radio certificate.

You see the loss of you job as a major blow, and it is, no doubt. However that led me to the point of this post, which is this:

Some people are trapped by success, which makes it very difficult to leave.
I personally am a medical specialist in a surgical subspecialty. It took about 18 years for me to reach the stage where I am and the skills required to do what I do. There is no way I can ever go off cruising for a few years and get back into it. In fact there is a time limit as to how long I can "not work" and be recertified.
For me thus, making a decision to go "cruising" is difficult in the extreme. Even an early retirement will be difficult since it will be so final. As a result of the time commitment my profession has demanded through the years, I have no other skills that can be utilized "out there" (I don''t know a screwdriver from a hammer).
For me and my family, "cruising" will thus probably consist of short, time limited hops. This by definition implies the need to keep the homebase intack, the medical practice running and the expenses flowing.

Now that I''ve made myself quite depressed, I hope you feel a little better about the unintended freedom you will shortly experience.

In the meantime I will keep working on little steps (like the HAM license) to try and convince myself I will someday be "out there"

Enjoy your dream!

Magnus
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Magnus, I''ve had the good fortune to sail offshore/trans-ocean many times and truly enjoyed the life, until...I reached the age of 50+. Selling off then sailing off used to be the plan but now its tempered with the reality of aging. Our compromise is a coastal cottage (B.C./Pac. N.W. area) and a vessel suitable for daysailing/week-ending rather than a floating home (substantially larger but still lacking the space/comforts we''ve become used to). I envy those who can "successfully" make the long term transition but their numbers are few despite their glowing reports. The large percentage who fail...okay they at least tried...don''t get reported in glossy magazines nor mentioned...their struggle to re-gain a semblence of "what used to be", when back on shore. Not wishing to rain on your parade, I do encourage your endeavours but caution you (and partner) to look for compromises and take "baby steps" before cashing out. Cheers, Richard (also landlockd, temporarily, in Alberta)
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Magnus,

I hope you can figure out a way to make the break before time breaks your physical ability to go or the dream fades. I certainly can relate, except that my profession, computers, is an easily picked up skill. I could always move back into it. I have a wife that has tremendous office managing skills, so she is also easily employeed. I can only imagine how frustrating it is to have your skills be so time sensitive. I may work 2 or 3 jobs to maintain my current level of income until I can cast off for good, but it will happen. I learned long ago that anything can be endured if an end is in sight. Thanks for the words of encouragement, it is definitely nice to hear from likeminded people. Albert. Brrr. Even longer winters than down here. It looks like I am about 3 weeks from being able to put my Catalina back in the water and begin sailing again. Tick tock tick tock.....

Thanks,
Brad
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Hi there,

I can relate. We too are living a very spartan lifestyle while we slave away on the boat and scrimp and save. We''re rebuilding an older boat because we couldn''t afford the "right" boat that was "ready to go". So..... no new clothes, no movies, etc. Sometimes it''s hard. But our departure date gets closer and closer and I can almost taste it. There were times this winter when I didn''t know why we were doing this, but that passes. If you would like to read about our story, it''s at http://www.sailnamaste.com.

I say: live the dream!

Stacey
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Cryptic, but here are my thoughts.

I think any step you take to reach your dream is a good step.

Are your steps big enough to get there?

What are your life goals? Are they compatible? Is your dream your goal?

If your job keeps you from reaching your dream then see the above question. If your job is your dream (hence a goal) then what are your priorities?

Age is as much a state of mind as physical condition. Don''t let your mind convince you that you cannot achieve your dream. As for your body, if blind people can sail...

The great thing about life in a free country is we can choose. It is our choices and opinions that either propel us toward, or inhibit us from, reaching our goals and dreams.

You will get what you really want, but you may not like it.

Don''t complain about poor choices, fix the problem.

If a dream is not a goal, it is not achievable. If a goal does not achieve a dream, why have it?

Mike
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Definitely, our dream is our goal. And the goal is nothing short of our dream.

Also, Stacey, I can relate to the no movies, new clothes, etc. We have a hard time seeing things like the Pacific Sail Expo come and go like it did just this last weekend, and not go. We know that it would help fuel the fire, but we don''t want to spend the money to go. We are just completing, (tonight, in fact) moving from our 2100 sq. foot house into an 800 sq. foot duplex. Nice saving the $1000 per month, but crud, what a change! It looks like we can launch our 25'' for the summer in about 2 weeks, that will help. Good luck on your dream, sounds exciting. Who knows, maybe someday an anchorage may be shared ''out there''.

Thanks again,
Brad
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Sandy and I sold our 2300 square foot house last July and almost everything in it, moved to an apartment for 6 months and moved aboard our boat in January. We will fully retire in November and head out to sea. This was part of a 12 year plan that has been on the refrigerator door for most of that time.

It has been a most rewarding experience so far. You gain so much more than you give up. First of all you don''t realize how much of a burden all that stuff you have in your closets, attic and basement are. Getting rid of all that stuff was a very exilarating and a great stress reliever. And we haven''t missed any of it. Really.

Every morning we wake up early and step outside to beautiful sunrises and go to bed soon after gorgeous sunsets. You are so much closer to nature on the boat and that is such a great reward too. Had a big storm Friday night with hail and that was exciting, but still part of the adventure.

You don''t have to give up the things you really love. We watch DVD movies on the laptop, eating freshly made cookies, and cold milk.

Our society is so bent on material possessions, as a sign of success, we have robbed ourselves of living life. Most people sit at home watching TV, living exciting lives only through TV characters. I read yesterday where the financial community is saying $1,000,000 is not enough for retirement. What bunk. Yes you need that much money if you want to keep buying lots more stuff and living in big huge houses.

I have 4 very close friends who have been living the cruising live for up to 8 years now and living on between $20,000 and $30,000 a year. They are healthy, fit, and having a great time and still doing the things they really want to do.

So don''t let the fear of being different stop you. Live life, live the dream.

Tony
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Congratulations Tony. We will get there someday...

We did already come to the conclusion, after moving our ''stuff'' into the apartment and returning to clean the other house that the big house didn''t feel like home anymore. That was only 2 days after selling it. We decided that home is where we are, and our familiar ''things''. I appreciate so much the feedback. This, I hope, is the roughest stretch we have to go through, getting rid of the big stuff. The stuff that is typically defined as marks of success.

Thanks again,
Brad
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I can certainly relate to the problem of living in Idaho. I live in Idaho with my wife and two daughters.

We are putting our house on the market in about two weeks and will be moving to the Gulf Coast (Houston area) where I will do some part time contract work and shop for a boat. We plan to take lots of courses this summer, do a bit of work to pick up a little cash, and commission the boat with the idea of leaving for a two year cruise in December.

I have sold a bunch of junk and given away lots more. It is just stuff like so much flotsam that accumulates.

I am 53 years old with a couple of younger kids (10 and 14), and am facing the reality of getting older. My response to that reality is to do it now while I can. Most people, especially those at work, think that I have totally lost my mind. Perhaps. I can not say that it is worth it. That will come in retrospect. Whatever happens we will have at least broken the work/eat/tv/sleep cycle.

A couple of years cruising will shoot a big hole in my savings. However, to put it in perspective, the total cost will be just a bit more than a fancy new car. Maybe it means I drive a "beater" for awhile and work a couple more years than I had planned. I honestly think that the really crazy people are all the ones who will never venture from shore and spend all their time warning you about physical and financial risks associated with pursuing the dream.


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