I don't farm for a living, but we have 5 "backyard" horses, a coop full of chickens, two cats, and a dog and some goldfish. Not to mention two kids and a wife. . . . Going away anywhere is very difficult. And we live at least 3 hours from any salt water
But we have a 31' trailer-sailer. That really has been my salvation. No boatyard or marina fees
. No long passages to get to where you want to start cruising -- just drive it there at 60 mph. We take it to the sea at least twice a year for a week at a time. (We also managed one trip to the Bahamas
for 2 months -- an order of magnitude more complicated, but we did it.) We hire a good local person who knows horses to live in our house and maintain all the animals till we return. It costs money, but not as much as keeping a boat in a marina.
The boat has room enough to sleep the four of us . . . until the kids get into high school
. Eventually, when they're off in college, my wife and I will take three or four months in the Bahamas
each winter. And we're laying the groundwork for that now.
The boat has been an absolute joy, and a wonderful addition to our family
I also get away for a week each year with two of my guy friends for some fishing
, sailing, and bourbon drinking (at anchor). Again, the boat facilitates extraordinary times. Worth all the complications of making it work.