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I always wonder what the story is behind those abandoned home-sites
I wonder that the reasons are quite simple. We have a dream about the simplicity of living on our own island and its great... Untill you run out of milk.

To get the bricks to the island was simple, just hire a barge and pay lots and they are dumperd there. But think of how many times you are doing a boat project, or house project and you need to zip into the chandlery because you forgot a bit of sandpaper or something. But on the idilic island its drag the dinghy down to the water, drive to the big island, jump on the ferry to the bigger island, jump the bus to the hardware store, buy one sheet of sand paper, get back on the bus, get back on the ferry, take the dinghy back to the island and pull it back up the beach and then remember you need a paint brush too...

It would quickly wear thin.

So are those houses broken dreams? Or are they the realisation of reality?



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Re: Sailing off to live on a deserted island

Living on a tropical island sounds like it might be an ideal way to live but reverting to a primitive state would probably get old very quickly. If isolation from other people is the goal, this can be accomplished easily on the major land masses:-). A very small percentage of the planet is actually occupied by people. Most of them are crushed together in cities and like it that way. The population trend is going even more toward cities. People want a better wi-fi connection. Within a few hundred miles of cities, one can easily escape the crush and also have a grocery store and an internet connection but, (thankfully) few are willing to exit the treadmill.

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I don't think you're going to find the kind of place you're talking about has an internet connection, unless you can afford a satellite hookup.
You can't go off from civilization and expect to bring it with you.
Yup, the desire to sail off to a "deserted island", and yet "surf the internet, make videos for Youtube" would appear to indicate a significant disconnect from reality... :-)
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Re: Sailing off to live on a deserted island

I live on a small island all to myself ... it's called my boat. This is one of the reasons I have a cruising sailboat; so I can have a space of my own that is mostly self-sufficient, has all the things I need, and can be located away from the crowds.

If you want to find a private piece of land all for yourself, just head north into the wilds of Canada. You could find a place where no one has been in a thousand years. Build your shack near a river or stream, live off the land. No problem.

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Re: Sailing off to live on a deserted island

It's not for everyone, but then if it was, it wouldn't be living isolated.
I first thought how great it would be to cruise and liveaboard,so I did. it has it's ups and Downs,not everyone that tries it wants to do it forever. I do,or did,until I realized it wasn't what the rest of the crew craved. So,compromise came along.
The compromise, or realization is .Ladies and little girls want /like yards to play in,gardens to grow in and the occasional social "night out "
So,the remote island only accessible by boat seems the answer.
While not quite the solitude I would absolutely prefer, and not the social conclave the girls apparently require, it seems a good middle ground.
Now the issues are diveting of the mainland home, autos,and possessions that are unnecessary on the island while still having the ability to function when we return to the mainland for whatever reason.
it's more about the economics and logistics than the solitude, at least for me.
'Course, after some time at it,maybe I'll feel otherwise.
if so,I guess we'll dream the next dream.
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Re: Sailing off to live on a deserted island

It is VERY doable, if you really want. Go on Google earth and just scan the pacific. There are plenty of islands in the middle of nowhere that would suffice. Many have little notes attached to them on Google earth talking about how some guy tried it and his wife left him after a couple of years, etc. It is true that many don't have harbors, but maybe that is the point. Do you want a place to moor your sailboat or really live on the island?
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Re: Sailing off to live on a deserted island

living remotely is "affordable " making the switch from the typical mainland lifestyle and getting deed or title to your chosen island location is a bit more expensive. Then there's the cost of building a shelter /home and any of the comforts you desire.
these are considerations before you even begin to contemplate the solitude aspect. and depending on the latitude you choose, heating becomes an issue.
As per a harbor or mooring, plan on a rail system for haul out or storage during storms or winter.
The other issues of supplies, tools, water, and power are simpler,lots of options.
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Re: Sailing off to live on a deserted island

Why does it have to be a desert island? I lived for three wonderful years on an island in Brazil and enjoyed the best of both worlds: isolated beaches and coves only accessible by boat, nice restaurants, charming little village center and friendly neighbours. Since there is no storm season (or winter!) here, you can leave your boat in the water and use it year-round.

You'll find the island here, but don't spread the word please!

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Living on a tropical island sounds like it might be an ideal way to live but reverting to a primitive state would probably get old very quickly. If isolation from other people is the goal, this can be accomplished easily on the major land masses:-). A very small percentage of the planet is actually occupied by people. Most of them are crushed together in cities and like it that way. The population trend is going even more toward cities. People want a better wi-fi connection. Within a few hundred miles of cities, one can easily escape the crush and also have a grocery store and an internet connection but, (thankfully) few are willing to exit the treadmill.

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I don't think you're going to find the kind of place you're talking about has an internet connection, unless you can afford a satellite hookup.
You can't go off from civilization and expect to bring it with you.

This -

Living Off The Grid with Satellite Internet - Globalcom

Best way to get the Internet off the grid? Readers poll | Living Off the Grid: Free Yourself

And Jessica Watson had internet on her around-the-world sail.

OTL: Jessica Watson will attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world - ESPN

"Watson will use a similar 34-foot yacht -- Ella's Pink Lady -- on her journey, and thanks to a legion of corporate sponsors and volunteers, she will have a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with all the latest safety and technological devices. Watson's boat has a GPS tracker and four positioning beacons so that her location is always known. She will have a satellite for phone, Internet and e-mail access, as well as five cameras for video blogging and a planned documentary."
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