Hi All! I just ran across this forum and instantly fell in love with it! I never would of imagined that there were so many awesome people out there living and breathing the same (or close to the same) dream! Kudos to all of you that have broken free of the infinite bonds of city living and proximity restrictions to pursue your dreams!
My wife and I recently decided to sell everything we owned and moved up to the British Columbia
area from Dallas, TX. Not knowing what was ahead, we were just certain of the fact that we were not content with the every day grind of city life. We have had many great experiences out here and now find ourselves on Gabriola Island looking out over the Straight of Georgia
. After a month of looking out at all of the beautiful boats going by we have decided that's going to be our next adventure. This is a beautiful area to sail and we are going to do it.
We devised an exit strategy that revolved around our ability to make income
from any location remotely, as long as we have a reliable internet
connection. I am in phone
sales, and she does administrative reports/HR work
for smaller companies that aren't fully staffed.
We are going to sell our car and buy a decent sailboat in Vancouver
and circumnavigate this area for a while before we cruise
down the West Coast
, through panama canal
, and on across to where we plan to relax and take in all the Caribbean
Islands have to offer. We both have quite a bit of sailing/boating experience for our age, and are determined to convert to this type of lifestyle (for at least a year or two). If we get too cramped up and sick of living on the boat
, our plan is to rent a small apartment in Antigua
and keep our boat
in a slip at Jolly Harbor for a few months while we recharge our sea legs, so to speak.
We have everything in motion to execute this plan, but are running into one uncertainty. We need reliable internet
at sea so we can perform our job functions. We have considered getting a SAT-phone and a wifi
hotspot that would enable us to talk to customers while we are at sea and then provide us with the needed connection speed to complete any tasks that require internet at most any marinas
. The only problem is that it would bind us to anchoring
more than we desire due to our constant need for internet connection. Hey I know what most people are thinking, "screw internet when sailing" but it's not for facebook, it's how we make a living. Are there any suggestions that anyone might have that would provide us with a good internet connection that we could rely on at sea?
We use vonage or skype to make all of our phone
calls anyway and all that requires is an internet connection, so it would make more sense for us to spend the money
getting internet than just a phone.
If there are multiple options, I'm not even against ordering 2 different ones and testing them out for a month to see what suits our needs the best. We are willing to do whatever needs to be done to make this work
, since it is the only foreseeable road block that we have remaining before we shove off.
Once again, great website! We look forward to future discussions and sharing our experiences!