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Re: The Live aboard dream right out of college?
I've been reading these posts for a few years. Not nearly as long as I've been sailing.
I'm always amused at the sources of the advice given to "newbies" from the posters here.
From purely the perspective the internet provides, I , as many here, have developed a presumption of the individuals that post. Or in other words , I've wondered if the impressions I get, from the opinions expressed, are true representations of what I think the people whom post are "about"
I'll attempt to clarify what I am attempting to expound, or express.
It seems that there are essentially 2 camps when the question of cruising/sailing living aboard. I know, this is a generality, bear w/ me.
1. the go now crowd.
Basically, go now, life is too short, just do it, etc.
2. the don't go now crowd.
self explanatory- your not able,ready, well heeled enough, you can't afford it . Go the traditional work- save -retire approach.
I've often wondered if I met a "sailor" from either group, if I would or could Identify them by their appearance or general demeanor.
Granted, each approach has it's merits.
If you go now , the advantage is - immediate gratification and success or immediate failure and sorrow.
If you choose the "wait till later" the advantage is a greater percieved advantage of success and happiness after a life of conservative working and careful saving and planning. the downfall being the lack of a guarantee that you'll live that long or hold the dream throughout your "working and saving years" to achieve your "dream" of sailing/cruising .
I state this above to set the stage, to explain partly, how I chose the "go now" approach.
My personal experience when initially contemplating the Cruising/sailing life was that those who encourage the "go now" approach were often the risk takers and the ones whom you met "along the way" to somewhere else.
I would meet them as a young boy as they transited the fingerlakes region of NY along the Erie canal on their way to or from the great lakes to the hudson and beyond.
These folks fascinated me and their stories of travel and far away places called to me like a sailor's song .
The folks I met that fit into the "don't go until your ready/older/more experienced crowd" were the ones I more often than not met every summer, tied to the dock at the numerous marinas in the region.
These folks lived a more traditional lifestyle. Some traveled once or twice to waters outside the area. Always intending to return to there land based homes/jobs/lives and conventional trappings.
These were also the ones who convinced me that the "others" (the vagabond traveling types) were foolhardy or posessed qualities that I neither had nor could possibly obtain w/out years of "experience" from none other than those NOT doing it.
Unfortunately I heeded there unfounded fears and delayed my own desire to cruise for years, until finally casting off.
Now decades later and many thousands of miles under a number of different vessels both power and sail, I know that those who said that I could not "do it" were merely expressing there own insecurities and lack of knowledge having never done it themselves.
Speaking from actual experience of doing what the OP desires to do is that the single biggest impediment to success is yourself and self doubt instilled by naysayers and those attempting to speak from experience they sorely lacked.
or to put it more plainly,
you can "do it" in and open canoe if you are lucky, bold, and pick the right weather windows !
Let us not make this any more complicated than it is.
Man has been sailing big oceans in small poorly equipped vessels to unknown and uncharted areas long before written history had the opportunity to record it.
you wanna sail or tell stories at the dock about things you'll never personally experience ? See you as I'm passing through.