Why Sailing is the Perfect Mini Retirement
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Why Sailing is the Perfect Mini Retirement

What is a mini retirement? The concept of a mini retirement has been attributed to Tim Ferriss from his book The Four Hour Work Week.  The idea basically means taking extended time off of work to relax, reboot, indulge, and/or explore the world, instead of waiting until retirement age.  Mini retirements can occur multiple times throughout a person’s career, if planned correctly. You can always...

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18 Jun 2018
5 Essential Steps in Budgeting for a Liveaboard Life
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5 Essential Steps in Budgeting for a Liveaboard Life

If you’ve been dreaming of a life aboard a sailboat, but haven’t done much to get yourself there, consider the following 5 steps in building and maintaining a budget that can help you achieve your dream.  Start today.  Remember: You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time. Define your goal. How much do you need to save up?  What is your timeframe? ...

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11 Jun 2018
Countdown to Sailing: June Activities
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Countdown to Sailing: June Activities

During the month of June, the Countdown to Sailing crew (and countdown to baby!) are engaging in a variety of activities outside of regular work and play.  In addition to Lizzie celebrating her 1st birthday this month, we are soaking in the sun and backyard pool fun.  Here are updates on what we’re studying, buying, doing for fun, trading in our tastyworks acccount, and what...

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05 Jun 2018
5 Ways to Start Saving for Your Dream TODAY
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5 Ways to Start Saving for Your Dream TODAY

I was talking to a friend last week, and the topic of where we picture ourselves someday came up.  She mentioned that she’d love to live on a beach, in a hammock, drink in hand, with a cabana boy fanning her with palm leaves.  My response was, “That sounds amazing.  What are you doing today to work towards that goal?”  She looked at me like...

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19 May 2018
May ’18 Sailing Fund Progress Update
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May ’18 Sailing Fund Progress Update

This month the Countdown to Sailing Fund Savings Meter went from $20k to $91k, with the following categories of growth: 1. We made deposits into the brokerage accounts of $4,000. 2. Earnings of $2,160 from combined stock, options, mutual fund, and cryptocurrency trades & investments. 3. A one-time addition of home equity was added this month of $65k. This is the value of the home...

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15 May 2018
Family at Sea: Interview with a Family Who Lived the Dream
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Family at Sea: Interview with a Family Who Lived the Dream

Mike and Brittney, the crew at Family at Sea kindly answered some questions for us regarding the sailing life. They lived aboard an Olympic Adventure 47 with their three young children and sailed to the the Berry Islands, the Bahamas, and other tropical destinations. As someone who is infinitely curious about the experiences of other cruising families, I appreciate their candid responses to my questions. ...

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12 May 2018
Early Retirement: Why We Aren’t Waiting Until 65 to Retire
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Early Retirement: Why We Aren’t Waiting Until 65 to Retire

Retirement at 65 seems to be a concept accepted by most Americans.  In fact, few question that they have alternatives.  Early retirement to many means 60 or 55.  Rarely do we hear about Americans with middle incomes choosing to save up and leave the corporate life at a younger age. In the United States today, the middle class has accepted its lot in life: -Go...

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01 May 2018
5 Traits of Sailing Families
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5 Traits of Sailing Families

In this post I outline 5 traits that I believe are consistent among most sailing families. These combined traits are what set them apart from a typical American family, and make them suited to live a life that is quite different from the norm.  Adventurous. Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn I like the urban dictionary’s definition of adventure:...

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30 Apr 2018
Our First Tour of Real Sailboats
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Our First Tour of Real Sailboats

I’ve been shopping boats online for years now.  Our trip to the Pacific Sail and Power Show was the first time to tour real sailboats that were in our size range. On Saturday we toured several boats, including the Beneteaus, Jeanneaus, and the one Hanse model. They were all impressive, but the Beneteaus were a bit dark on the inside due to a lack of...

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24 Apr 2018
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