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Re: Talking Husband into Living on a Sailboat
This is a great thread!
A year ago my family of four, kids then 11 and 15, and two dogs returned from a year in the Pacific Northwest followed by six months in Mexico. The boat is for sale in San Diego. That wasn’t the specific plan, but our family always knew that was a possibility, and that is OK. Meanwhile we took a risk, kicked some small amount of ass, and now we are doing something else, and thinking about what the future holds. We know we can do anything. Being really open ended worked well for all of us, even as we sailed from beach to beach.
My wife was the reluctant one, but after she realized it was all about education and experience, and not some magical, Herculean skills and abilities, she was in. She took classes, we sailed a bunch, and through it all involved the kids and laughed a lot. The class my wife took was key. It was a week long sailing class, and the first night out I got a picture of her in a hammock drinking a glass of wine as the sun went down. Nice! Would you husband like to do something like that? Every day checking the engine, belts, sailing hard, running through crew overboard drills, then kicking back and relaxing in the evenings swinging at anchor?
I like that your plans are not set in stone, that you seem flexible. And the kid advice has been good. My kids are deep and rich for their online friends and resources, but I still worry about it sometimes regardless. They also had plenty of very sweaty days, running around playing games with other kids, paddling from boat to boat to visit in the anchorage. Everyone took care of the kids, like a neighborhood in the fifties. And they spent time on the screen after spending time in the water. It was really good for them.