My wife and I are looking to meet liveaboards and extended coastal cruisers to learn what their experiences have been.
We have been looking at different ways to spend more time with our children
and less time trying to juggle modern life as two working parents in a nuclear family
. The reasons for the change are motivated by the following:
1) We spend too much money
saving time and have child care providers and schools spending too much time with our precious little ones.
2) Our winters are too long, cold and dark.
3) My wife sees what a happy guy her husband is when sailing and would like to that guy around more.
4) We would like to provide our children
with a more expansive world view and have them less steeped in popular culture.
I have been sailing for many years but find that my current
life leaves no time for that passion. This year has found me looking at sailboats, reading books
about living aboard
and cruising. I have a vision but would like to see how it gets played out in the real world. My wife, an adventurous free spirit, is curious but wants to go face to face with people who have lived this life. This is the next step of our due diligence.
I realize that it is difficult to know in advance if the liveaboard
life is for a given individual or family
. Given that I am keenly interested in my wife's happiness, we would very much like to hear from women, especially those who have raised children aboard. We are also interested in knowing more about the cruising community, the prospects for families to provide mutual support, and opportunities for kids
to build relationships.
My wife, 2 kids
, and I will be attending the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
on October 7 and in the area until Sunday, October 10 and would appreciate meeting up with any liveaboards who will be around at that time. I can be reached at 443-845-9231.