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Re: Young cruisers

I reread this again, because it is something near and dear t my heart, though I am not sure I would be called young in anyone's thinking, I am not yet old either. The day you make the decision, and know in your heart that nothing is going to hold you back you begin to make a new set of friends, people who will fit into your new lifestyle. Cruising is just that, it is a way of life, and others probably do not easily understand it.

As a younger man I drove long haul semi trucks over the road here in the states, and back then you would be expected to stay gone away from home for no less than 45 days at a time, and 60-90 was probably average. Almost everyone I knew well enough to say they were friends were driving, or dispatching or family of drivers. The work paid very well, I was earning over $50,000.00 a year in 1986, most lawyers did well to earn that much back then. The other thing was that almost all of the other men, and eventually myself, got divorced. Our wives were not in the same lifestyle we were in, they could not understand that the road literally called to us, after three days at home we were ready to go back to work. Three days out of 45-90 days does not a good marriage make. At the time husband and wife teams were unheard of, women rarely drove trucks, the companies would not hire them, and there was a reason for it, women just could not make it work most of the time.

Now women drive, they run solo, and they run in teams with their husband or boyfriend. They could always have done the work, but the lifestyle was what kept them away. Now most companies do not keep a driver out more than about 21 days at a time, and they get a week off usually. Cruising is a very similar situation, your gf or wife is not going to like it if you stay out of contact with family for three to six months at a time, but today we have Skype, Yahoo, and other things to allow us to use video chat for free. We have Pactor email services, and radios that we can send messages on, as well as satellite phones and SPOT trackers. We can communicate far better and we can actually live our lives far from other family members while still maintaining a feeling of closeness to them. If someone becomes ill, or some family emergency pops up, we can make port and fly home, if we have the money. If we do not have the money we can at least send flowers or call or Skype with the family to help us feel closer in times of need.

What you have to do if you want to be a cruiser is decide to make it your life. There really is no knee deep way to cruise in blue water. You have to commit to it, you have to plan to educate your own children, to make sure you have money for health and dental issues. You must train every member of your crew from one to 101 on how to help take care of the boat, and one another. Most of all you have to have a spirit in you that craves exploration, and investigation of new and curious places and people. You have to desire to go more than you desire to stay and then you will find that selling the crap you thought you were so attached to and pulling up stakes and going is far more natural than staying.

I will say it again, if the company that I have my current contract with were to come to me tomorrow and say they were going to pay the penalty for early termination of our deal, I would leave within a couple of weeks. I would go out buy one of the top ten boats I am looking at right now and get on it and start making the preparations to leave as soon as was humanly possible. I might be nervous about some things, but not about actually going, unless you call being about to explode with anticipation and excitement being nervous.

I am willing to bet that there are hundreds on here in similar situations, maybe not exactly the same but pretty close. I may need a chainsaw to cut the land ties I have, but I have that saw in its case in my garage here, and it has gas in it.

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Re: Young cruisers

Helps to figure out if you're running towards a dream or running from a nightmare or just a bit of indecisive insomnia .At 70, I don't dream of more big ocean cruising but my vessel still supports me to the tune of 80 to 100 grand a year sailing the Salish Sea (threehoursail dotcom ) so I don't feel I need to run and I sleep pretty good apart from the arthritis. Youngins should know that once you've tried elderly ,you'll never go back.
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Helps to figure out if you're running towards a dream or running from a nightmare or just a bit of indecisive insomnia .At 70, I don't dream of more big ocean cruising but my vessel still supports me to the tune of 80 to 100 grand a year sailing the Salish Sea so I don't feel I need to run and I sleep pretty good apart from the arthritis. Youngins should know that once you've tried elderly ,you'll never go back.
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Re: Young cruisers

I know you were asking the long term cruisers, but I'm just a short term one. With 5 weeks of vacation per year I can spend 2 weeks a year cruising. So far I've only done things near home waters, but next year I think I'll charter to expand my range.

This year I'm taking a long (13 week) leave from work and doing a lot more cruising in our local PNW waters.

If you do want to go for years then I'd suggest saving and not carrying debt. I don't like to carry debt myself and could afford to leave for a few years right now. I'm saving for an earlier retirement though, then I can do longer cruising.
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I'm 29 and my boyfriend is 31. We both quit our jobs back in NYC last November to sail. How we've done is we SAVED. Every penny we had we saved in order to take an extended sabbatical. We're young so there is no way we're going to be able to keep up this lifestyle forever, but again we're young so we can still get back in to the working world. We too are picking up boat work jobs here and there but this is mostly because we saved before we left.

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