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Nice video and an interesting story. You wonder how many people in their forties and fifties, getting more and more stressed out in their jobs, wish they could find a way to get off the gerbil wheel to live a life like this, at least for a while.

If I could go back in time, the one thing I would do for sure, would be to do something like this when I was young, with basically no responsibilities, and no worries.

My first cruise, in 1987, just two weeks to the Bahamas with some friends, made me want the lifestyle. Sadly, at 29, I was already working with a house, car, and student loan payments, and locked into the A-1 scenario lifestyle.

Plenty of time later for this guy to enter the grind of the rat race if that is what he wants. But, he seems to be enjoying the hell out of life. Not everybody can say the same. I know millionaires that don't seem half as happy as this guy. :)
 
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Nice video and an interesting story. You wonder how many people in their forties and fifties, getting more and more stressed out in their jobs, wish they could find a way to get off the gerbil wheel to live a life like this, at least for a while.

If I could go back in time, the one thing I would do for sure, would be to do something like this when I was young, with basically no responsibilities, and no worries.

My first cruise, in 1987, just two weeks to the Bahamas with some friends, made me want the lifestyle. Sadly, at 29, I was already working with a house, car, and student loan payments, and locked into the A-1 scenario lifestyle.

Plenty of time later for this guy to enter the grind of the rat race if that is what he wants. But, he seems to be enjoying the hell out of life. Not everybody can say the same. I know millionaires that don't seem half as happy as this guy. :)
Its actually interesting to me to hear and understand why people decide to do this. What were the reasons, what drove them to do it. There are some pretty insightful answers and messages there from all sort of angles.
So many do it part time, sailing on weekends, etc, thats a hobby, I also intend to do it, but actually still working on the boat for a while, so its really not the same thing as this guy is doing it. I would still have a safety net, ie, I play it safe.
But to actually totally drop everything, and have your whole world on a boat with no fixed monthly income, and of course without the usual stresses that come with it, I don't know, it must be an incredible thing. It takes courage and a unique mindset to do this and I am sure its really hard sometimes.
 

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Nice video. That will be me in about 4 years...only about 30 years older and on a bigger boat with refrigeration and a shower!
 

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It takes courage and a unique mindset to do this and I am sure its really hard sometimes.
A most unique mindset.
And hard? Can't get a girlfriend and ostracized by part of the community? Yes thats bloody hard!

The videos excellence touches on those two points: "If people think I am a dirt-bag..." and lack of relationships is a delightful, tender way intermixed with beautiful 'enviable' lifestyle shots. But remember those 'enviable' moments, like thee scrubbing of the frying pan over the side ain't so enviable in real life. Or having worked hard all our lives to be able to, in retirement, cast off the lines only to be thought of as 'dirt bags'.

Good on him and lets hope his cruise goes well and he utterly enjoys it... but lets not take this video as a "What to Expect" 101 because its not, the video is a glorious piece of art depicting a unique person, thats all.


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I missed this in Aug, very nice vid. Almost too nice for a guy that seems to be living as frugally as indicated. Nevertheless, it's a great forum escape.

I do think about how I would feel if my kids chose that lifestyle. A part of me would be very supportive of them pursuing a dream, being self sufficient, learning something outside the ordinary.

Perhaps my biggest concern would be for catastrophic medical care/insurance, which I assume none of the kids we see in these vids has. The odds are in their favor, but it's life and death, if they come up with the short straw. I had a niece die of ovarian cancer at 26 yrs old. It can happen.

Assuming they got off the train in time to begin to save for a retirement, then doing this young works. I know plenty of people work and stay ashore, but I'm thinking of these kids that just work odd job on their cruise to pay for food and diesel. Sooner or later, everyone will move back ashore, unless you die young.

Well done vid.
 
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I missed this in Aug, very nice vid. Almost too nice for a guy that seems to be living as frugally as indicated. Nevertheless, it's a great forum escape.

I do think about how I would feel if my kids chose that lifestyle. A part of me would be very supportive of them pursuing a dream, being self sufficient, learning something outside the ordinary.

Perhaps my biggest concern would be for catastrophic medical care/insurance, which I assume none of the kids we see in these vids has. The odds are in their favor, but it's life and death, if they come up with the short straw. I had a niece die of ovarian cancer at 26 yrs old. It can happen.

Assuming they got off the train in time to begin to save for a retirement, then doing this young works. I know plenty of people work and stay ashore, but I'm thinking of these kids that just work odd job on their cruise to pay for food and diesel. Sooner or later, everyone will move back ashore, unless you die young.

Well done vid.
Agreed,I always dreamed of retiring early and was able to at the age of 48.I did it responsibly by working 2 jobs,saving my money and building up rental income.8 years later I can tell you it's not the picnic everyone thinks it is.Do I get bored ?YES.Especially in the winter.Do I want to go back to a job ? Absolutely not.It's a Catch 22,you enjoy the freedom,but filling 24 hours a day isn't always easy.Last winter was very harsh,it almost drove me crazy.I think it's the old grass looking greener on the other side effect and these days the stresses on people are much greater so it's easier to see greener grass.I've been lucky to see both sides and I'm glad I did.I think this young man is doing a good thing if he gets this out of his system and once he goes to a normal life he'll look back fondly,maybe unrealistically,on these days.
 

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Agreed,I always dreamed of retiring early and was able to at the age of 48.I did it responsibly by working 2 jobs,saving my money and building up rental income.8 years later I can tell you it's not the picnic everyone thinks it is.Do I get bored ?YES.Especially in the winter.Do I want to go back to a job ? Absolutely not.It's a Catch 22,you enjoy the freedom,but filling 24 hours a day isn't always easy.Last winter was very harsh,it almost drove me crazy.I think it's the old grass looking greener on the other side effect and these days the stresses on people are much greater so it's easier to see greener grass.I've been lucky to see both sides and I'm glad I did.I think this young man is doing a good thing if he gets this out of his system and once he goes to a normal life he'll look back fondly,maybe unrealistically,on these days.
I hope to have your problems soon. ;) I have 2 young kids, 2 jobs, and one of them is a business I am an owner of and am growing. I have NO trouble filling 24hrs.

How about volunteering? Low/no stress and you can get out and "work" as much or as little as you want. I also find that other folks who are volunteering tend to be in much better moods than co-workers are.

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I hope to have your problems soon. ;) I have 2 young kids, 2 jobs, and one of them is a business I am an owner of and am growing. I have NO trouble filling 24hrs.

How about volunteering? Low/no stress and you can get out and "work" as much or as little as you want. I also find that other folks who are volunteering tend to be in much better moods than co-workers are.

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I hope you make it,you sound like the type that will do well with it.I get bored in the winter,summer is a piece of cake,I crab a few days a week and never tire of being on what I consider one of the most beautiful rivers in Md ,the Wye.I also have a summer home in Rehoboth beach so I'm doing water related things there.I will be volunteering shortly,I just want to be picky where I do.Some of them want you to commit to a schedule,and I don't want to do that.Two winters ago I built a boat,and would love to build more,but with 3 already it's too much.I'm trying to come up with a business that I can do leisurely and just part time,and I may have found it.With this new found interest in sailing I'm looking to crew and possibly join a club that should help.Best of luck to you in your ventures.I was lucky,I married a Career woman who actually told me to stop working,so she provides benefits and additional income,I hope you're in the same boat.
 

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Agreed,I always dreamed of retiring early and was able to at the age of 48.I did it responsibly by working 2 jobs,saving my money and building up rental income.8 years later I can tell you it's not the picnic everyone thinks it is.Do I get bored ?YES.Especially in the winter.Do I want to go back to a job ? Absolutely not.It's a Catch 22,you enjoy the freedom,but filling 24 hours a day isn't always easy.Last winter was very harsh,it almost drove me crazy.I think it's the old grass looking greener on the other side effect and these days the stresses on people are much greater so it's easier to see greener grass.I've been lucky to see both sides and I'm glad I did.I think this young man is doing a good thing if he gets this out of his system and once he goes to a normal life he'll look back fondly,maybe unrealistically,on these days.
I am gradually, slowly but steadily, preparing for a liveaboard situation. I try to learn about and tackle every angle of what it means to liveaboard from a realistic point of view and not with the "living the dream" approach.
Learning sailing now, ie, getting different certifications in as harsh conditions as possible to the point that later on I want a sunny calm day to be translated into my brain's wiring as the paradise on top of the paradise. I also want to be sure I am up for all these "for better and for worse".
I equally pondered about what it would mean later on to be retired early, having a lot of time on my hands, but I cant imagine not being able to fill in the days. I have too many interests and loves and projects to the point that I feel I need several lives to fit them all in.
And not to mention a boat opens many more horizons.

This is a quick a silly video of my last sail few weekends back, the strongest winds I ever experienced so far, just Force 8, pretty rocky also going against the tides, and I was very happy to say I didn't get scared or start to doubt my future plans. It was bloody cold, pouring rain at times along with the occasional full body ice cold shower from a rebellious wave that would somehow still make its way down my neck, and I just literally loved it.

I will try to fit into my life as experiences the worse or the negative aspects that a liveaboard and circumnavigating situation bring on and test myself how far can I really take this. I know it wouldn't always be pink and rosey, but I am curious to see how far can I take this.

(Ok, never attached a video in here before, I have no idea if this will work or not).

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Personally I take issue with the Video.Number one it appears to be professionally made and had ads.Number two it shows all pros and no cons which I feel in unrealistic.To me it seems a lonely life,you don't just meet people in strange towns and start playing Checkers.I'm not trying to be a bummer,it just seems to me that this was unrealistic and possibly a for profit video that wrongly portrays life on a boat.You're walking away from family friends income heat Ac and cooked meat,nothing to do lightly
 

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Personally I take issue with the Video.Number one it appears to be professionally made and had ads.Number two it shows all pros and no cons which I feel in unrealistic.To me it seems a lonely life,you don't just meet people in strange towns and start playing Checkers.I'm not trying to be a bummer,it just seems to me that this was unrealistic and possibly a for profit video that wrongly portrays life on a boat.You're walking away from family friends income heat Ac and cooked meat,nothing to do lightly
I like your opinion on this subject. To play devil's advocate for a moment though, this video represents "the dream" which can be a useful self-narrarive when things are getting sucky.

There must be a balance. I lived aboard 10 years and when I was walking down the 500ft dock in the winter rain to shower, scenes like these were helping me tell myself that it was all worthwhile.

Social media is all about showing the best of everything, much like 1950s TV. That runs the risk of masking the truth with consequence to society, but on the other hand it's also a nice change from the constant negative narrative of the news.

I like the video. But I also really understand your point.

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I like your opinion on this subject. To play devil's advocate for a moment though, this video represents "the dream" which can be a useful self-narrarive when things are getting sucky.

There must be a balance. I lived aboard 10 years and when I was walking down the 500ft dock in the winter rain to shower, scenes like these were helping me tell myself that it was all worthwhile.

Social media is all about showing the best of everything, much like 1950s TV. That runs the risk of masking the truth with consequence to society, but on the other hand it's also a nice change from the constant negative narrative of the news.

I like the video. But I also really understand your point.

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I agree and didn't want to be too negative,I just didn't want any stressed out people packing it all in without seeing both sides realistically.I think with modern pressures on people today many are ready to pack it all in,but what I feel is needed is just getting realistic in lifestyles and needs ie smaller houses,cheaper cars less stress,more boating and other recreational activities
 

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Enjoyed the video nicely edited and looks like the perfect lifestyle that works for this fellow. Though when you have been sailing long enough you will have those "this kind of sucks" days along with those "pinch me" moments. The video had the emphasis on the good days. Still, it is a good example on the minimalist approach to life and on board living. Watching this I was also reminded of one of the golden rules of financial planning i.e. "Never be responsible for anything that eats" Which this fellow seems to be following. No girlfriend, no crew, no pets which also helps him live a simple less complicated life on board. Some people (myself included) can embrace the solitude others may need more companionship. Happily, there are many ways to go through life and on board living depending on ones needs. His is just one of them.
 

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What I've found interesting is that last year I was in the process of buying a class b RV and discovered a whole group of people living in them.They call it boondocking,the class b isn't much bigger than a conversion van so it can be parked on the street legally.A lot of them posted videos on youtube and while it isn't the life for me I can understand people doing it,Now with the amount of people looking into or living on boats added I'm wondering if there is a small but growing move to downsize and live more simplistically in these stressful times and if there are other ways people are trying to live.
 

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There are many angles here, there is downright adventure for some, world and self exploration for others, freedom and independence for others, retired couples that ponder the idea of sitting in front of a TV watching soap operas all day long till their day comes or starting a new exciting chapter in their lives on a liveaboard and cruising situation, families with children realizing they have less and less control over educating their children the way they want to considering the world today, other people that simply want to detach themselves from a world they feel they no longer fit in, other people simply put growing up and realizing they are never going to take to their grave the bigger car, the bigger house , the 100 pair of shoes, the massive TV full of daily nonsense, the endless useless gadgets that just gets them more detached from themselves than ever, other people simply feeling the need to unclutter and simplify so that they can see the forest for the trees again (aka life itself), or simply put more practical reasons like lack of finances for other families where a liveaboard (less cruising though) is more feasible, and the list can go on ... .
Maybe there is a movement indeed in the sense that what all these people have in common is the instinct that they need to change something, that the world today erases that sixth natural sense we are all born with to be part of nature, to have a say in our lives. We are like the lion at the zoo, except that we are living in virtual man made or self made cages.

I wouldn't think its an easier life to have a boat, maintain a boat and live on a boat, it comes to advantages and disadvantages like anything else in life, be that on land, or on the water. And the lists of advantages and disadvantages are different from person to person. Something that might be a disadvantage for you might be an advantage for me and viceversa.
 

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Personally I take issue with the Video.Number one it appears to be professionally made and had ads.
Number two it shows all pros and no cons which I feel in unrealistic.
To me it seems a lonely life,
(I added some spaces to improve your literacy)

You are spot on that its professionally made.

The team behind this are a bunch of up and coming, young-but-not-that-young filmmakers.

Kevin A Fraser has more than 25 pro credits as cinematographer and director, as does his co-producer, his editor and writer... in fact everyone one the film has about 25 credits. Lol

On the first view It looks like a professionally done shoot. But I didnt realise till I saw it again, today, just how professional it is. Using tripods on boats to hold a camera is difficult, but not only does this film, but it also uses special equipment to stabilise the camera.

Ok, so whats my point?
Professional filmmakers just made Hugh Jackman a nasty Blackbeard; they can make you laugh, cry, or scream in terror at their behest. This is a really nice bit of vision, really nicely edited and it pulls the emotional cords and chords its meant to. However its not reality. Its a bit of Hollywood with some straight out of central casting filmmakers cliches. So its best to look at it like that :)

By the way, there is one fantastic plot hole... And someone here even touched on it... T37Chef mentions it... "I need to help him with his fish fillet skills." .... If anyone has filleted more than 10 fish they do it better than in the film. What? This man cruising without money doesn't even catch his own fish? Has to BUY one from the market? Lol.

Its a lovely video to email to folks back home so they think its how you live... They might even send a few dollars as a Christmas present. :laugher
 
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