Liveaboard Lifestyle


Why Sailing is the Perfect Mini Retirement

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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5 Essential Steps in Budgeting for a Liveaboard Life

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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Countdown to Sailing: June Activities

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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Family at Sea: Interview with a Family Who Lived the Dream

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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5 Traits of Sailing Families

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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Our First Tour of Real Sailboats

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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Countdown to Sailing

Countdown to Sailing

Countdown to sailing, countdown to freedom and adventure.  Follow us as we save for our boat, and learn as many skills as we can over the next 3-4 years, so we are ready to head out when the time comes.  Our crew includes Captain James, First Mate Shel, and two stow-a-ways under the age of 5.  Over the next few weeks and months we will...

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