When people ask where I'm from, I'm not sure what to say. I was born near Poole so that's usually what I stick with. I also know Plymouth quiet well.
The truth is I don't identify with anywhere now.
I work at sea in Oil
and Gas. The sea seems the only constant. When I'm not working I usually stay with a girlfriend, though sometimes with family
Last year I spent a lot of time in Argentina
and working in the North Sea.
A couple of years ago I'd saved up enough cash to buy a house but I wasn't sure where on earth to settle down and I ended up losing the lot in an investment screw up.
I now have little cash but I have the dream seeded of livingaboard. I'm a beginner to Yachts though. Looking at what I want to get out of it I'm wondering if possibly a Yacht isn't the best thing to deliver... what do you think? This is what I'm looking to get out of it:
1) Home. I've never had my own place & I don't feel welcome on land. I've been living out of a suitcase and I'm sick of it. I'd like to buy a place but I've no idea where to do it... why not a Yacht? I'd be up-sizing.
2) Avoiding bureaucratic procedures and land annoyances. I hate paperwork. VISAs with girlfriends has brought a lot of heartache. I can't stand airports. I'd love to avoid as much of that as possible. I'm not sure a boat would help much... I'd really like to be able to avoid all this. It would be tempting to go cowboy I'm sure, not so much for the money
but for the freedom. In a sense I want to do things we feel we can't do on land.
3) A challenge. My own thing. As an employee I always feel limited... like a child. It would be nice to grow a little. I'm a jack of all trades, master of none so it seems like a dream of good fit. I enjoy the thought of finding cheap
ways to achieve things especially in the challenging environment
4) I wonder if it could inspire some moves in some kind of modest business
5) I think it's perfect to find myself
. I think regardless of cost I might just have to do this to get it out of my system
However, the threat to me is costs. I read a book called "Sailing the farm" about a Vegan who grows all his own food
, running everything at very low costs and does a little trading to get by. Very inspirational but he sounds single
For me getting out on the water
would give me an immediate sense of freedom but how far does that freedom really run if you're using a credit card in a shoddy currency?
That's the aspect that worries me, bills and repairs
that I can't do myself. I always remember having my campervan, knowing that I could fix it myself if I just had somewhere to do it under the dry and the tools to do it with! Very frustrating at times. I don't want to have that experience too much again.
Training is in earnest so far; competent crew. This little solent adventure included:
- slipping off the quay straight to under sail at LymingtonSpa (!) and then hard tacking before even getting into the channel,
- a force7 off Bournemouth pier at the helm
for the ~2nd day,
- onto mooring
under sail with a broken engine
& experiencing someone crashing into us at mooring
Needless to say I had some memories I'll never forget.
The dream matches very well with my heart but boats are very much the depreciating asset and I know it's would be very challenging to keep things dry and feel spacious. For the moment I feel the next stage would be getting in with a crew, getting Day Skipper
nailed, maybe short term chartering and possibly doing some boat delivery
work just to make sure this is for me.
I have an appreciation of the magnitude of what I'm getting myself in for but I also have a sense for how horribly nieve I must be...
I'm very interested in some kind of alternative lifestyle. I've seen very interesting things on my travels. This thread seems intriguing:
Sailing Commune ?
As for cash, I wonder if I'm pipe dreaming. I had a 5m camper, my goal would to be more comfortable than that:
Near-term Yachting financial forcast... Used boats.
What Will Happen to Boat Pricing when Euro Is Under Par to US$ ?