Well, as I said earlier, my priorities actually go:
My children (and their future opportunities)
Pulling up anchor when the kids don't need us, for some time on the water alone with my wife.
Like yourself, we're working toward our future goals in ways that, we hope, don't impinge on the current ones.
For example, we take the kids out sailing every weekend - giving them the opportunity to take to the water should they desire without preventing them from access to other opportunities unavailable to the cruising lifestyle. At the same time, the wife/admiral and I are also getting more experience reading the wind, handling a sailboat, and talking like a pirate (cos that amuses me
The issue that seems to be ignored by the "pro-cruising" comments is that there is a false dichotomy involved. The people not drawing up anchor and sailing off into the wide blue yonder are characterised as having their priorities as
3. Flatscreen TV...
whereas the people cruising are characterised by:
1. Each other
2. Good Health
reason I am not out on the water living my cruising dream is because my "each other
" includes children that I wish to give every opportunity I can for their future. If I keep one foot onshore (with the job that entails), I can give my kids access to carpentry classes, computer graphics education, horse-riding lessons, drama/dance classes, etc as well as
sailing experiences, camping, archery, fishing, etc.
The world isn't as black & white as some are implying, it is not an "excuse" to believe your kids might not want to follow your
dreams (and so not giving them other opportunities hinders theirs
), and it is insulting
to characterise cruisers as being family people and non-cruisers as being materialistic.