I had this EXACT conversation with two people this week. One a co-worker, the other my ex-fiancee!
Looked at a few sailboats on Saturday. Really thinking hard about doing this. Single
, no kids
, no house to sell. Told the Ex of my plan, and I get the "Oh! You want to buy ANOTHER boat
?! Why not just get an apartment or a house like everyone else?!"
Because I'm not like everyone else!!
One of the boats I looked at is for sale
for 15 grand. I could spend roughly 4 grand on an apartment that'll cost me with cable, internet
, furniture, and of course rent say $1200 a month. Take that same 4 grand put down a deposit on a sailboat, and for that same 1200 a month, I have a place to live, and it's paid off in lets say 2 years. That wasn't good enough.....got the long silent pause, and then the "you're an idiot!" sigh.
Most people are of the thinking that to be happy and successful you need to be in debt up to your eyeballs, and work till your 70. Hopefully when you hit 70, your body is still movable so you can then go enjoy your "retirement"
I'm 48. I've learned that the people you talk to about this wild adventure are either going to accept it, or not. Most will not, and honestly that isn't your problem, it's theirs! I read a blog recently about a cruising couple that were pondering their past friendships.A good portion of the people they thought were good life long friends, they haven't spoken to in some instances years. However they'd made tons of new friends along the way. My co-worker is under the impression that you need to have a minimum of a half million in the bank to go sailing.
Like a previous poster said...It's good that not everyone "gets it" otherwise the anchorages
would be packed!