Been lurking on CF for a while and thought it was time to introduce myself. My wife and I have been bitten by the cruising dream
We feel we are wired differently from the social norm, and many of the folks on CF seem to echo our thoughts and lifestyle choices more closely than Iíve experienced before. The desire to live simply and freely is becoming an overriding passion, as our salaries increase and we fight to stay out of the work/spend rat race!
I would like to say a big thanks to those who have shared their wisdom regarding simple living, cruising on a budget
and cruising with kids
. This lifestyle is still 3 to 4 years away for us at the moment due to my work commitments. Thatís OK because we are in the fortunate position of being able to save some decent cash over that time and aim to be financially self-sufficient by the time we hit the water
. This means different things to different people but for us it means a yacht for about 150K and investments providing about $2000 Ė $2500 a month.
A little more about us. We live on the east coast
, are both about 30, work in the aviation industry (pilot and engineer) and have no sailing experience (yet!). We are passionate rock climbers, which is a lifestyle that shares many similarities with cruising in that it is an extremely simple and fulfilling way to live. Our greatest enjoyment and memories come from when we are camping somewhere for weeks on end, spending nothing except for on food
and having life changing adventures in vertical places.
It never ceases to amaze me that this is when we are happiest. I suppose ďamazeĒ is not the right word, because itís obvious that this should be more rewarding than attending work functions or spending our dollars on the consumer orientated leisure activities of the rat race
. Every Monday at work, when work colleagues talk about all the money
they spent at the pub or how they actually donít know what happened to the weekend because they spent it playing computer games, it makes me more determined to cut away the career and start really living.
Iím currently trying to get posted to a location very close to the Whitsundays where we can start sailing and work out if this is all just a crazy dream or if sailing is really for us. If all goes well, we will buy a yacht and live in a marina from where I can ride to work. Perhaps this will be a sustainable compromise, in that we can live on a yacht, have kids
, one of us can continue working (I actually enjoy my work!) and during time off we can cruise
the waters around beautiful far north Queensland
. On the other hand, ideally we'll cut our ties with land and launch into an open ended cruising adventure!
Phew, all these jumbled up thoughts tend to come pouring out of my head
. So apologies for the rambling, it helps me to put it into words. I look forward to learning
more over the next few years from those out there doing it!