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Old 29-06-2009, 17:00   #1
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Hello to My New Life!

Hi everyone. My name is Cindy. DH Billy and little grandson Hunter. We are moving aboard in 5 days. We will be staying at the beaches marina in Jacksonville Beach Fl. We have waited for so long to just be able to sell everything we own and move aboard. We are in a 32' cruiser and cannot wait to go cruising around this beautiful state.

I am sure that I will need advice from some of you that are already living aboard. My biggest challenge thus far was selling off all of my possessions. I have read that the more you get rid of the more free you feel. I was skeptical but have found that to be very true! It is just my husband and I but we will also have my very youg grandson with us for awhile. He is 5 months. We want him to go through this experience with us. I could really use some helpful hints from anyone that has a young one aboard. While I feel prepared, I am certain that I will find out that I have a long way to go by trial and error. I suppose that is part of the adventure!

Thank you for letting me introduce my family and heres to LIVING THE DREAM!
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Old 29-06-2009, 17:07   #2
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Welcome Aboard, Cindy!!

You are doing what my DH and I are planning to do soon! We are beginning sailing lessons later this summer and hope to have a boat and be living aboard within five years. Who knows how long it will be before we can cruise full time. I am nervous about selling off and storing everything. I am glad to hear that, while difficult, it is rewarding!

Best Wishes! Missy
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Old 29-06-2009, 18:06   #3
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Welcome to the Forum Cindy,
I am sure you will find many kindred spirits here, all the best in your new found freedom. We don't own possessions they own us!
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Old 29-06-2009, 18:52   #4
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Cindy and Missy, I absolutely agree with what Captian58sailin said, possessions own us! I was the biggest collector of things( collections of nice things, not junk) you have probably ever met. Yet when we started getting ready for our journey, I got excited with the idea of adding money to our kitty, and allowing other people to share those things that I loved! Yes I miss them, a little, I look at the photos from the years and reminiesce...but I would rather 100% be where I am, living on our boat, meeting new and different people and seeing new places! And everyone you meet will wish it was them!!! You'll get used to getting by without "your things"! Good luck to both of you!!
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Welcome Cindy, you are embracing a great life style.....Allan
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Old 29-06-2009, 19:31   #6
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You said it - "live the dream"
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Old 29-06-2009, 20:18   #7
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If you are talking about Beach Marine, have you met Lisa? She works in the office, lives aboard in the marina, and has a one year old son. Her parents own the marina and her husband manages the dry storage.

You have chosen a great, family run marina. I am sure Lisa, or her mother Rose who also works in the office, will gladly share any wisdom they have gathered about raising kids aboard a boat.
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Old 29-06-2009, 21:57   #8
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Welcome to the forum,
In February, I gave all my possessions to a hurricane IKE survivor. I drove down to my boat with my cats and three boxes filled with books and clothes, and moved aboard. Not once have I reached for something and said "oh yeah, I gave that away", not once. You wont miss it, don't hang on to it.
What a neat life you are giving your grandson. You will find some great ideas and help from the live aboard moms and dads here.
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Congratulation cindy im sure you will come to enjoy the new lifestyle as so many others have.
Ocean girl i applaud you for your noble act of helping another in need. i have so much stuff that i need to go through and give away myself.
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Old 30-06-2009, 06:27   #10
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Thank you

Thanks everyone for all of the encouragement! You dont know how much it means. I felt like we were doing the right thing for us and now I am absolutely sure of it. 4 days and counting until I am in the water forever! I am already thinkng of were my first cruising destination will be. Probably not far the first time out. Although we are not first time boaters for sure, we are new to this way of life. I'm not sure why EVERYONE is not living life onboard.

Thanks for the info on the Marina Critical..I will ask for Lisa and make sure that I meet her. I'm sure she will be able to help me with ideas for the little one. Are you in the area?

Thanks again and I look forward to being part of this forum for years to come..
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