Great thread and true enough the biggest regret is that life can be short. I am thankful for very good health
, a positive attitude and wonderful friends and family
I have been out cruising for nearly two yrs and love every single
day. I do not miss the cushy comfort of a big house and all that you can have in it. The more I liveaboard
my Wauquiez Hood
38, the more I crave the beauty of her teak
and the simplicity of this life. She fits me like a glove and is more than inviting for any number of guests I wish to have join me. To do this, it is important to know what makes life aboard comfortable and to have those things. To me, some of the things that make living aboard
and cruising comfortable are: plenty of water
, hot showers, shower
in the cockpit
, a spacious vee berth with a custom mattress, nice size private qtr cabin
for guests, a completely DRY boat that is clean and does not smell, plenty of storage
, a spacious enough main salon
to spend time in. Conveniences include a computer and internet
access (via my cell phone), decent dink with big enough motor
, a boat that is not too maintenance
intensive and easy to work on, rigging
that has all sail control lines led back to the cockpit
for easy single
handing...including slab reefing.
6 or more yrs ago, I made a life plan, financial plan and strategic plan for slipping the lines for good. I was conservative and saved as much as I could, invested as well as I could. I bought the most reasonable boat that I thought could carry myself and a companion to wherever I wished to go in comfort and one I would be proud to own. Took my time in fitting her out and then the plan came together, I sold the house and gave away most that I had and I slipped the lines for good. It was and still in a wonderful feeling.
I maintain this lifestyle through savings, investments, some consulting work and some captain
work. It does take scrupulous adherence to a budget
, but the reward of freedom is well worth it. To those thinking about doing this....finances are everything. You need to have a plan. Planning to continue this life by working while cruising is not always the best plan..you will find a large number of people (both cruisers and those living aboard
in a spot) trying to do that and so you have to be very lucky AND good to luck into the good situations (more detail on this, if you wish).
While Invictus is very comfortable to liveaboard
(22,000 lbs displ, 18GRT), she is sized well enough such that I never have a problem getting a slip, mooring
or anchorage anywhere... an advantage when you don't know where you are going
. And her 4.5 ft K/CB draft
allows me to traverse even the most remote
spots in the keys and Bahama's with ease, allowing me more access and possibilities.
The only real difficulty for me is balancing my desire to cruise
and find remote
places and my desire to spend the time I have with my parents and friends.
The future: who knows, at this point, no plan is needed. I am living it and every possibility is open to me. Given this boat, I could continue to cruise
, could circumnavigate, could buy a house in FL and keep the boat and sail when I wished. At present, I am stopped in the keys, going to liveaboard and head
up a sailing program for an organization I believe in and have a blast doing it. Will be doing more diving
here, cruise the back country in my free time. Plan to continue cruising after this, whenever that might be...
My best to all.