We bought our 37' 3375 Cruisers Yachts a couple years ago and it was always my dream to retire in the Caribbean
but I never really believed my dream would come to fruition. I met my wife a year ago and we married shortly thereafter. I told her my dream but she had a serious fear of the water
. I thought my boat, Miss Lone Star, would just have to stay in Austin Texas
I am retired Army and it was sad that we could live anywhere but had to be on dry land. Life is so short and we don't get second chances. We spent a few nights aboard and she (and our 2 small kids) seemed to love it. Somehow, my dream still seemed possible. We had too many things, that we didn't use. In so many ways, our life didn't make sense. I started scuba diving
and educated myself full time for a few months through Divemaster. I knew I wanted to teach scuba
to Veterans with PTSD and TBI. My wife tagged along to my training sessions and watched. One day she said she wanted to get certified, but I didn't get my hopes up. I thought her fears would preclude her from seeing life underwater. She had fear about stepping into water
walking from the boat to shore. Her training went off without a hitch and her fear was gone. I wasted no time and started peppering her suggestions about living a liveaboard
We decided to move aboard our boat about 6 months ago. We went in with both feet, selling all that we owned (except what we wanted to keep forever). Our departure date is July 14. We are accepting our storage
POD in a few days and we will store what we want to keep forever. We have completely renovated our boat, save a few things that couldn't get done before we left. I think the boat will feel new with all of the upgrades. It was lightly used by its prior owner. We went through a painful hailstorm and the repairs
will upgrade most of what needed to be done on the outside. Our boat will be transported to Galveston Bay, TX and dropped in the ocean. I have to pick up a dinghy
we purchased and the next day we will be off.
We will make our way around the Gulf into Louisiana and we will do the ICW
into New Orleans
. I have our course plotted to get us to Key Largo
, FL and we will stay there until December. I will take my scuba instructor and master instructor courses while we are staying at a marina. I plan to teach part-time and we will do a lot of exploring. We will homeschool the kids
. My faithful war dog, who doubles as a service
dog will be aboard.
In December we will set off for parts
unknown, with no schedule or set plan. Generally, we will travel South. We want to go to Cuba
and we will visit every country in the Caribbean
and Central America
before we are through. Our plan is to liveaboard
for a few years before we find a new home. We may love the lifestyle so much that we buy a sail boat to go further or we may buy some land in Panama
We started a travel blog and my wife is a professional photographer. She has gotten really good at video editing and we will chronicle our travels on YouTube and through our blog. I wanted to reach out to the other Cruiser Yachts members and invite you to follow our journey as we figure everything out. Our story is about a lot of things and I figured that there are a lot of others who have came before us, or may come after.
We would really love to hear from people who have lived aboard a boat with kids
, travelled to some of the same places or anyone who has tips and advice. We are especially looking for local advice on all sorts of things to do. We would love to hear from people who have good advice on local churches to attend, dive sites, homeschooling issues, local Veteran's organizations that have needs, fishing
information or safety
We plan to catch much of what we eat, except the normal provisioning
types of things that all cruisers have to deal with. This is a new adventure for us but I can't wait to see what the rest of life has to offer. Cheers!