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anybody else in this boat
Sounds like sailing is in your blood. There is nothing wrong with that. Sailing and the joy of it can always be a part of your life....and you don''t have to be living aboard for that to happen. You can enjoy talking about it, planning it, reading about it and sharing your love for sailing with your family. And when they feel its draw as you do, introduce them to it.
One poster suggested a trailer sailor that you could take to a nearby lake. Great idea. Make sure it is a roomy, stable boat so that you give your spouse the best introduction to life aboard that you can (nothing worse than bobbing around in a cramped ugly thing getting seasick. Make it a GOOD experience. That will be step 1.
Then make a life plan. Another poster suggested vacationing on the water while looking for somewhere near the sea that you might relocate to. Another great idea. Call that step 2.
Then move up to a serious boat. A comfortable cruiser. Charter, crew or buy. Go with friends. Vacation in the islands.
If you want to share your love of sailing with your family and get them to want to share your dream...you are going to have to give them the same kind of experience that you had. Some experience they will love. Cherish and remember. Something transforming. Like the experiences you had.
It is not about negotiating or taking turns. It is about showing them something truly magical. Then they will catch the spirit you have and go where you want to go.
No matter what though, don''t wish your life away. Enjoy life and be happy every day, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Revel in the experience. Learn to be happy and then you can figure out how to change the lives of those in your family.
Hope this helps