If someone reading this page could take nothing else off our website, please know that I believe there’s a boat or sailboat within most ANYONE’s reach.
If we could buy a decent boat with nothing down and not a lot of money for upgrades, most anyone else can do it.
Follow us to continue to read our story or ask us questions if you need advice. I’m no expert at much of anything, but we managed to buy a sailboat and keep her afloat this long, we’re going to continue to muddle through it as we roll along.
As a kid, I spent 5 years on a CT-41 cruising throughout Central America, doing what most can’t or won’t imagine. This fueled my imagination, jump starting creativity and giving me experiences I can’t ever replicate.
Fast forward through the boring stuff…(I started working after college) and never stepped back onto a sailboat for nearly 25 years.
But adventure always seemed to follow me (it’s a mindset) and I found that climbing, mountaineering and adventure travel fit.
After some intense experiences on various business trips and having already visited a bunch of different countries; something inside me knew that cruising and a cruising sailboat with my family was going to happen.
After three years of research and negotiation, we bought a boat (2014)! and in November of 17 we sold that boat.
In February of 18 we bought another sailboat. In April of 18 we sold our home and moved most of our stuff into permanent storage. In July of 18 I retired and we moved onto the sailboat permanently.
YES, we lived on the dock till November of 19. Don’t be surprised when you see posts about me sewing, cooking and taking care of our kids. This is life and I’m not apologetic. I’m not a totally evolved househusband, but I love doing what I did to prep the boat for cruising.
My wife is a strong, smart woman. We’ve survived multiple extended business trips between the two of us and I’m having a blast being married.
In July of 17, my wife decided to take on a new challenge and took a job three hours from our home. This required her to move. She moved onto our cruising sailboat and lived there permanently while me, the dog and the two kids stayed in the house until I was ready to retire.
This was a significant challenge for the family, but something we got through as we worked toward blue water cruising. She didn’t have much sailing experience before we were married but bought into the life when we bought our first sailboat together. Now she helms our boat full-time and has bought into the cruising life fully.
Quincy the Dog is our 8-year-old, 130 pound Great Dane who has a penchant for eating expensive couches, children’s toys, pool fences and barking loudly at most anything that comes near her boat.
She’s pretty good at stepping on feet and knocking over small children. She moved onto our sailboat in July of 18 and has her own advice column on this blog every Sunday.