Convincing the other half ..... - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 02-13-2006 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Convincing the other half .....

My husband and I are 23 and 25 years old. A couple of months ago I proposed this idea to him to sail to the Caribbean. We are selling our first home soon, and since we live in Florida, of course we made a ton of money off of it. So with this extra cash, I told him what an exciting oppurtunity this has opened up for us. We could buy a larger boat and sail off, then worry about what happens next when we get home (if we ever decide to come back) At first he thought i was nuts, and now he is more and more seeing the reality of it. We have been doing alot of research together, looking at boats, and reading plenty of stories of other people who have done this sucessfully. He knows how much this means to me, and he loves the idea too, and is going along with all of the preparations so far, but he is worried. .......

He is so worried about what is goign to happen when we get back. I see as such an oppurtunity becuase we are so young, with nothign to lose. No real ties to our careers, since we just graduated college in the last 2 years, no kids, and no debt to worry about.

I don't necessarily need to convince him, that has been done and he's excited, he just doesn't have the confidence that i have that this is a positive thing for our future, and not somethign that will kick us in the butt down the road....

ANy ideas, websites, articles, or testimonies, that might help me to show him that the world will be waiting for us right where left it when we return?
LaceyKay is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 02-14-2006
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,120
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
Hello again, Lacey. You voice a very common concern faced by almost everyone who wants to 'unplug' for a while. FWIW we've stepped away from careers on 3 separate occasions for extended cruising. In each case, doing so - among many other benefits - resulted in us ending up better off professionally, financially, in terms of a more satisfying geographic setting, and twice (when our son was cruising with us) better schools. The basic reason for this is that, each time we unplugged, we were freed up in two respects: conceptually, we were free to see choices more objectively since we weren't mired in a rut; and more practically, we didn't have to 'unplug' from one set of circumstances in order to act on our preferences and settle into new ones.

Re-entry may take a bit of time but, almost without exception, the stories we've heard from others is that re-entry is rarely a let-down and almost never a reason not to go in the first place. Just be sure to plan for 're-entry' financially as you work off your basic financial plan.

Jack
WHOOSH is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 8 Old 02-16-2006
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
Posts: 562
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
Go! Things will work out. When I was in my late 20's my then wife and I were going to do the same. I quit a good teaching job, which were very tough to get in those days (25 ysr. ago) and we gave up our home. We never made it - the marriage broke up before we left the dock. The point I am trying to make is that even in this situation, which ended up in absolute disaster for me short term, turned out so much better for me in the long term. I have no regrets that I made the decision - even though I did not go. I'm not suggesting your marriage will fall apart over this, I am saying that when you come back in a year or two you will be able get your careers going and be better off for it. I was able to get back into teaching the following year and both my present wife and I just retired this past spring.

You are in a good position now - no debt no kids - it may be your last opportunity.
Irwin32 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 8 Old 02-23-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Twin Cities
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
No one has asked the most obvious question.

Do either of you have any sailing experience? Have you spent any extended time aboard a boat? My suggestion would be to take sailing lessons, get certified and then charter a boat for a week.

While a lot of people learn the skills along the way, it might be smarter to test the waters (no pun intended) before you make plans for the long term. Make sure the you understand the reality of sailing, and are not just swept away by the romantic view of an adventurous life.

The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
choffman is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 8 Old 03-10-2006
dreams of cruising
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: on the water
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I'm not a cruiser (yet) but I just want to pitch in...

If you two are college grads with no debt, Go!!! Your are rare specimens in this day and age! The biggest challenge my SO and I are going to have getting into cruising is taking care of the debt load from my education first.

Just wanted to congragulate you both on being so well set so early in life. There really is always another job, another house... but once you get too settled the credit issue catches up with you fast. Enjoy life, few people really get to.

Sandalwood
Sandalwood is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 8 Old 03-11-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Thumbs up go.go.go

just.do.it.
you'll.never.lay.on.your.deathbed.thinking.man.I.w ish.I'd.gone.to.work.just.one.more.day.

A.good.read.would.be."an.embarassment.of.mangoes".
It's.about.a.canadian.couple.who.did.just.what.you .are.thinking.
Mostly.covering.the.carribean.each.chapter.has.one .or.two.local.recipes.and.some.yummy.rum.drink.rec ipe's.also.
Eric.Branson
"Zarathustra"
Islander.37
Chicago,Il.
depthwish is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 8 Old 03-15-2006
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 399
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
I saw a book on this called DRAGGED ABOARD maybe you can find it and it will help.
sailnaway is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 8 Old 04-05-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Living the Dream

Hi,

My husband and I are 26 and 28, and we left Florida just over a year ago on our 35 foot boat. With no kids and no debt we were in the same position as you (although we already had the boat). We boat grew up sailing, so that was not an issue, and we spent a month in the Bahamas a year before leaving for the big trip as a sort of a "trial run".
There are a few things I can tell you from my own experience... Let me preface it with saying that this life is great and I love it... Now. It is not all romance and perfect sunsets and cocktails on the beach etc. It is still hard work, planning, flexibility and being able to adapt to new situations. It has been a challenge for us because of our age, we have met very few young people (especially Americans, so good on you!) and while hanging out with people from other age groups is great, they are at a different point in their lives so they don't always realate to the issues that may come up for you. We did not spend a lot of time in the Caribbean, we actially sailed down the Western Caribbean and through the canal as New Zealand was our ultimate goal, so I can't tell you much about that part of the world. The Pacific is magical, and beautiful- but very big. We had originally planned to "rejoin" life and settle in New Zealand but after spending a few months here have decided that we are not ready to settle yet and so are continuing on cruising in the next month- back to the islands and possible Australia next year. Don't worry about what will happen when you "get back". We recently went home for a month for family reasons, and while everyone was glad to see us after over a year of being away, we sort of picked up where we left off. You will learn so much not only about sailing but about yourselves and about the world on your journey. Good Luck to you! Please feel free to email us if you have any questions.
Abby and Jeff
SV No News
nonews35@yahoo.com
boatguy30 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Convincing the significant other to go cruising bigbeam Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 14 07-06-2005 06:24 AM
400 half inch Osmotic Blisters davidsmcse Gear & Maintenance 3 11-22-2002 07:19 AM
400 half inch Osmotic Blisters davidsmcse Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 11-15-2002 07:03 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome