Originally Posted by tipitina
I DO NOT want to derail this thread, as it really helps me keep the dream alive, but can you elaborate a bit more on this? Aside from researching and reading about the lifestyle, what are some other things that can really help to prepare?
Taking sailing lessons
, joining a sailing club, attending boat shows, and so on.
Also, a person can start immediate financial and lifestyle preparations. Start collecting items that you will use on the boat, and winnowing away items that you will not use on the boat.
Basically, you can start creating your boat lifestyle in your own apartment.
You can download and install openCPN
and other sailing/navigation relevant software
and begin learning
how to use it.
You can take classes
in diesel engine
, and wood repairs
You can start identifying potential employers around the world, and start gaining the kind of experience that will be valuable for a transient worker to have.
Also, you can learn to fish
, navigate by the stars, take certification
courses up though bareboat charter
If you're an American, then you should seriously consider finding a way to emigrate to Canada
or a European country ASAP since that is probably the only way you will be able to pay for health care
once you start cruising full time, and it may create additional opportunities for employment
outside the United States.