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08-20-2011 03:47 PM
Netteypatch I've had a 'forced' career change, which may actually be the best thing that ever happened to me! Working hard, long hours, more stress than any one person, car loans, etc...

Now, the job is gone, but so is the stress, the need for the 'reliable car'; the house is going up for sale, and I'm now working in carpentry. As the boat is 'bought-and-paid-for', I'm moving back onboard (I had livedaboard from 1998-2003), and find myself excited at the prospect of returning to a life of more managable, real-life stressors (is the anchor set?, when was the last oil change?, know the routine).

Seven years of university, umpteen tens-of-thousands of dollars on education, and the circle has come back around.....!
08-18-2011 04:48 PM
Originally Posted by HeartsContent View Post
Well, you have solved the income part that stops most.

FYI, I did not retire from the military. My disability compensation almost covers two draft beers a day so it does not really solve the problem.

The point I was trying to make is that you do not need to be a young, perfect physical specimen to enjoy the cruising life.

BTW, thanks for your service!

You are quite welcome.
08-18-2011 01:12 AM
aeventyr60 Great choice! You may get to some exotic places and see these guys. Deep up a river in Indonesian Borneo. Camp Leakey, Orangutun Rehabilition Center.
08-18-2011 01:06 AM
choosing a life

My husband and I are in the process of selling our "stuff," buying a boat, and beginning a nomadic life. The hard part was breaking free of the INERTIA. Posters on this thread have made different decisions about how/where/when to sail. But, we are all testing the waters and feeling the freedom that comes with CHOOSING - lucky us.
08-18-2011 01:03 AM
aeventyr60 When you do get out there there are days when Mango Madness strikes.
08-18-2011 12:16 AM
HeartsContent Well, you have solved the income part that stops most.

BTW, thanks for your service!

Originally Posted by vega1860 View Post
I think it comes down to this:

Health issues are a legitimate concern. You have to be in reasonably good health to go to sea. Having said that, I myself am a 62 year old disabled veteran. You do not have to be young or an athlete.

But that is just my opinion and not to be taken too seriously
08-17-2011 10:06 PM
Fair enough

Originally Posted by junkrig View Post
My wife loves her farm. I love my wife. If I went I'd have to go alone, and I don't want to go that bad.
Fair enough. We worked out a compromise. As Lin and Larry (Not sure which one is actually posting) mentioned, old age eventually kicks in. When I start thinking I am too old for any more extended sea voyages, we'll put the boat in the half-acre pond in the pasture and build a dock for it, then live aboard while we build the barn. Of course, I was already living aboard when we met so Laura knew the score from the start. So did I and I promised her she could have her horses. That's why we bought the forty acres when we got married.

Sail now, farm later.
08-13-2011 11:35 PM
Originally Posted by 24seven365 View Post
just do it.....stop thinking so much
Sounds like something in a dare, something I heard as a 10-year old in relation to playing baseball in the street when there was a perfectly good sandlot down the street.
08-13-2011 08:04 PM
24seven365 just do it.....stop thinking so much
08-05-2011 11:22 PM
montenido Hi everybody. I think this is one of the most thought-provoking threads that I have read here on SN. Wow, really good reasons to go now, and equally good reasons not to go yet. I sometimes think about living on my boat while teathered to the dirt. I would have to wait a couple of years for my sons to complete HS. But then, who knows? I am working on my wife. For now, I can see starting with some long charters in the Caribbean, maybe a month or more. If that went well, we could go for longer, perhaps in another tropical area to see what suits us.
BTW, we just returned from a 10-day bareboat in the BVIs aboard a big cat. What a blast. So like most of you, I do feel the pull. I'm beginning to work towards cutting the strings. I agree with much that has been stated here; namely that we spend too much money, time and energy aquiring "things" that have no meaning. My kids went to elementary school in Malibu. Believe me, I know what make believe is like.
Anyway, thanks for the great opinions, encouragement, and logic. You are all living your dreams.

Cheers, Bill
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