Originally Posted by DivingOtter
Personally, I'd love to know how people can fund these ventures. Yes, some sell off all their possessions and pursue them, but others from a few documentaries I've seen, including one which resulted in the sinking of the vessel and multiple deaths seem to come from someone financially backing it. My wife made me a deal. I want to sail around the world with other disabled veterans. Sailing is my method of coping with PTSD and I've introduced sailing to other vets in my area. She laughed and said "when you can get someone to pay for it, go right ahead!".
The people that sail around the world make the choices to do so. Theyíre usually not rich. Many manage their travels on very little. But youíve raised the question of your own background. All I know about you is the little bit youíve mentioned above. But an example of someone in a similar situation was Ronnie Simpson. He was severely injured by driving over a bomb (Iraq from memory), and I think he was the only one that survived. Months in hospital recovering and then he ends up with seriously reduced eye sight. But he didnít let it get him down.
Bought a little boat and started to sail. He did some races including some blue water
. At some point the cruising bug bit deep and so he bought a boat and sailed west. Crossed the Pacific and then decided on a different life course.
He funded his trip with basically nothing. He bought the best boat he could afford, a Cal
27 called Mongo (less than 5K). People on this forum talk about all sorts of gadgets needed before you leave for an ocean trip: water
makers, radars, huge outboards for the dinghy
, air con, humidifiers, second alternators, battery
banks etc etc. Mongo didnít have any of that sort of stuff, she didnít even have an engine
, she was primitive. For electricity I think she had two old car batteries and a cheap solar
panel from Walmart.
To pick up a bit of cash along the way Ronnie did occasional deliveries, and wrote a handful of articles. He may also have had a small pension from the Marines. But he certainly never ate much steak. He also helped develop a Vet sailing charity (in San Diego
I heard that eventually he decided to stop travelling. So he sold his boat in New Zealand
and flew back to the US to gain a university degree.
He stopped his web site sometime back, but here's a link to Sailing Anarchy
article he wrote. Will give you an idea. He had a few set backs.
Alex with Bubbles obviously did it differently. He had a better budget
, although I have no idea how his trip was funded. But itís not uncommon to find vessels sailing in similar situations, where the friends aboard all contribute towards the cost. Which seems only fair. The food
and booze and repairs
must be paid for.
And there are costs of course over and above money
. Being shut off from family
for months at a time is my personal concern (obstacle).
At the end of the day though itís all about how each individual chooses to live their life.