One of of the strange anomolies of being a human, is the capricious nature of desire. I know several people who sold
up and joined the boating
life, and then 3 years later rejoined the urban dwellers again.
As a young person, I traveled. As a slightly older person, I traveled. As part of my job I traveled. I left the UK in 1989 and kept traveling and teaching and working. I lived all over and had boats, sometimes living on them whilst working, sometimes using them for nights and weekend fishing
, sometimes for travel... and it was nice.
When I returned to the UK in 2011, I started a clinic that kept me busy. Still had time for boats- a couple of sailboats entered into my life.
Things changes and I now work and live in Spain
alternating between Palma Mallorca and Seville Spain
. I dont own a boat in Spain currently, but have friends that do and I get to play from time to time.
My urge to travel for travels sake has gone. I find Im content to be based in a locale. I know that I dont want to be sailing across seas and oceans just to do it. If being truly honest, my lifestyle would consist of living on a catamaran
in Palma, and taking friends out for small cruises around the Islands for a few days, taking occasional trips to Italy
or the Spanish mainland by myself.
The reality is that I cannot afford the cost of being based in Palma for income purposes. So I work in Seville which is on a River 121km from the sea port of Cadiz. Im looking at various options of living on a catamaran
in Seville and being able to take time to go down the river and out of Cadiz to travel around. It changes my prefered cruising area but gives me Portugal
and the bottom end of Spain to cruise
, not to mention North Africa
and the Canaries
It costs a lot of money to live these days. Living on a boat still has a cost. For me, I still have to work to pay the bills. I could not divide my working year and take 6 months off without having passive income via rentals etc because I dont have rental property.
As my urge to travel for travels sake has gone, and the financial realities are what they are, I am faced also with the choice of having a boat based elsewhere and using it for the times I can go sailing. However that doubles the expenses of owning a boat.
I like living on a boat. I really do. I like the motion of the water
and sounds and smells. I dont mind it being a river either.
So for my life and circumstances, I could be happy being on a boat and taking occasional trips when time and finances permit
There is one more factor to take in account. I am living in a country that I love and is a choice. Its a foreign country to me and therefore everyday is a holiday.
I just hate to see people make life changing choices and not know themselves well enough to make those choices. To me a boat is a prefered living space and a vehicle and a comfort. I also like my apartments in Seville and Palma..