Ok so I'm having a pretty off few months here. :-(
I was supposed to get a bonus that was between $22K - $55K. My boss & coworkers couldnt close the leads I brought in so I missed my target, meaning I get a bonus of a big fat zero. On top of that I'm "offered" a 40% pay cut which is $5 a month less than unemployment benefits.
At home my girlfriend is on the never ending trip about how things "arent working" and I can't get any leeway. Being at home sort of sucks and we dont have much fun together anymore, its mostly me fuming silently and desperately trying not to have yet another "conversation" about how I dont like it when the house looks like something out of an episode of the show "Hoarders". She is constantly talking about moving out and I'm not stopping her but she doesnt actually leave.
So... given that I would make 5 bucks a month more on unemployment than I would working (well, I could get commissions but I dont know if the energy is in me to work like a bugger after a 40% pay cut just to make back what I once had) the thought donned on me that I could just cut the cord and go live on the boat.
Its a Columbia
26Mk2 so it's 26.7ft. Its pretty roomy and I have no problem hanging out on there for an extended period of time. I go up every two weeks during the off season to check on it and stay the weekend in all types of weather
ranging from freezing and snow to the more lovely hot sunny days. I've got a decent slip at the YC with power, water
, etc. and its a walk away from the grocery store and other things I might need.
Last season all my sails
were maintained by the sailmaker
and havent been used this past summer. I had the forestay snap and was out of commission until it was fixed. Then the motor
died so I need a new 9.9 outboard
. Other than that the boat is in good shape.
I should qualify for 36 weeks of unemployment and given the pay cut I can quit and claim for it (lets not get into the brass tacks of employment
law here) due to constructive dismissal. That would put me into halfway through next summer. I'll want to go back to work after that, but I might be able to make some extra cash on the side while living aboard
. I used to run my own business for 9 years and I have a variety of skills so I'm sure I could do something to pass the time other than drink rum
I could probably afford a new motor
quicker by deep sixing land lubber life and quitting than I could still working, commuting, and holding down this house. Then I could go places, hang off a buoy or on the hook, or just chill at the docks with power.
I'm not 100% going to do this, but given the train wreck that is my life right now when I was up at the boat this last weekend I suddenly reminded myself that, yes, my boat is my escape from the real world, and yes, I could actually just drop everything and live aboard for over half a year and recharge.
Any comments? Stupid idea? Brilliant idea? All the options seem to be on the table right now.