I can't tell you how many times I have come to this forum and read countless posts from this community. Today I decided to make register my own account and start participating! This wall of text is brought to you by general unrest and a desire for a fulfilling lifestyle.
In an attempt to obtain more information to help guide myself down a path to reach a goal/dream of mine, I am now a member
of your thriving online community. I have been sailing for about 15 years now and for the last seven years I have been racing
a j-24 as well as limited experience racing
other types of boats. I have reached a proverbial fork in the road in my life and am in a position to make a decision on which path to take. I know there is a life to be lived that I am missing out on. That life is doing something I love while being able to survive. I have this dream of living aboard
my own boat sailing where I please or where the wind
takes me. More realistically finding a career that involves something I love and am passionate about. A career/job on the water
sharing my enthusiasm of sailing and adventuring with others would be a big step.
There are many things about living/working aboard a boat that I donít know but am anxiously looking for ways to learn and apply this knowledge. I keep telling myself that getting involved in the field will open up many doors leading to fulfilling my dream. Finding a job that enables me to start learning
these skills such as repairing the engine
on board if something fails, learning
more about electrical
systems on board, navigation
, sail repair and energy generation through solar
generators that would be applicable to onboard systems.
My idea at the moment is to find a venue that would enable me to learn more about these skills so that I may apply them to my own craft and othersí boats. I have the luxury of living debt free and have a burning desire to find a fulfilling lifestyle that I enjoy. This is an attempt to lay some ground work towards planning my future on the water
I am hoping to at the very least open up some dialogue about reaching this goal. I am in need of some direction, encouragement (here in Montana most of my peers think I am crazy, as I think they are for wanting a 9-5 routine), and possibly an opportunity to achieve a fulfilling lifestyle. I have excelled at anything I have put my heart/mind into. I am service
orientated and have been obscenely successful in customer service/relations as well as maintaining these professional relationships.
Thank you for your time and consideration of my ideas/thoughts.