Hello! First time poster here, although I have read hundreds and hundreds of posts. My wife and I have recently discovered a benefit of having children
so young... We are empty nesters at age 41. We are ready for an adventure! We have fallen in love with the USVI, in particular St. Thomas & St. John. Each time we visit we spend as much time as we can on the water
with day sails
We are quite seriously contemplating selling our home, selling my law practice, paying off all debts and saving to pay cash for a sailboat to livaboard in the USVI. I estimate we are about 2-3 years out, with a budget
of around 40k for the boat.
We will need to moor or anchor
out to keep things affordable, so we will be dependent on solar
. I consider myself a handyman and mechanic
of sorts, and have lots of tools. I welcome the new challenges of a marine environment
. We have no illusions that life on board will be a romantic piece of cake, or that "life" in the USVI will be the same as "vacation" in the USVI. I will go to sailing school
, and learn all that I can by studying as seriously as I did for two graduate degrees.
, we do not have much of a nest egg, and will still be working. My wife owns an internet
based business that could transition to a boat rather seamlessly. I will likely start a couple of internet
based businesses myself. I may also crew for others to gain experience towards my six pack license
. A captain's license
would allow us to start our own day sail business with our boat to further supplement income
. If we were able to save enough in a given year, we would head
South for hurricane
season to explore, returning to the USVI after the hurricane
I know that if it doesn't work out, we can return to the States where I could start and build another law practice and feed us. However, we have reached a chapter where we would really like to change up the daily grind for a few years or perhaps indefinitely.
My questions for the Forum:
1. What do you think of the above plan? Please be candid
2. Have any of you attempted a daysail business in USVI / BVI? If so, how was your experience?
Thank you in advance for your replies!