Growing up my life was pretty stable until I left home at the age of 17 and moved to Brisbane (Australia) to look into my University options. I hung around there for just over a year before I decided to change things up a bit and work in Japan. I thought after Japan I would return with a clearer mind of which direction to take my future. Not so. [Read More…]
I knew that I was going to busy when Carl left to work in the Bahamas but I never thought I’d be this busy.
We have swim lessons Friday, ballet on Saturday and sometimes Sunday and we venture to the library once a week. This doesn’t include hanging with friends, going to the park, grocery shopping and other errands around town. We like to be outside as much as possible but still have to find time to squeeze in some school.
Now that spring as arrived there is so much to do in Maine, we’re having to pick and choose the best activities. I feel like we’re missing out on a lot of fun Maine has to offer but I have to keep reminding myself that it can’t all be done.
We are far from seasoned liveaboards but some how we seem to be searching for our third boat. What the?? There are many great sailboats out there set up for family cruisers with one or two kids and there are even more sailboats out there for couple sailing, but what if you have three kids? You’re options are few and far between. We are looking for the unicorn of sailboats, the aluminum 3-4 cabin offshore cruising sailboat. It does exist but along with it comes the fairy tale price tag, in which we can’t afford.
If you’ve followed our journey from the start, you will remember back in 2012 we bought our beautiful Skye 51 a 51’ fiberglass ketch. While we were refitting her, we decided to change up her layout. She originally came with a double berth in the aft and a double mid-ship. I’m a terrible sleeper and we wanted the girls to have separate beds. We created a large forward V-berth and a second berth in the aft. [Read More…]
We love to cruise but our greatest stressor is money, of course. We sold our business, house, furniture and cars, put it all in the bank and have been living off that money. Carl and I had often joked about sailing until we were broke, and well the joke is now a reality. We’re not exactly broke but we are extremely cash poor at the moment. We have 3 properties down south that bring in a little bit of income but not quite enough for our family of 5 to live off of.
We found a bunch of great ideas out there of how other cruisers do it.
Brittany from Windtraveler wrote a great piece about earning money while living on board, Making Money Living Your Dream: Earning While Cruising
Genevieve wrote about how they do it, Ways to make money to keep cruising
Dini dishes about their bread money, Cruising Finances: Top 10 ideas to make money while sailing – and more
Jody and Peter, those two crazy coconuts, announce there charter jobs here: Official Announcement
Everyone is a little different and it all depends on your circumstances. Windtraveler now lives on board in the BVI’s running their own charter business, SV Necesse uses their skill of writing, photography and sewing to make the ends meet, Sailing Yoga Family teaches yoga and Where the Coconuts Grow work for a charter company while living in the BVI.
From having a baby in the Bahamas to cruising Greenland and completing the Northwest Passage we could easily write a book on how to blow through your savings on a boat in record time. We would do it all over if we could, actually we’re planning on it – minus another baby.
To continue our wild lifestyle we planned on coming back to land life for a while to save some money but the thought of heading back into the rat race has been daunting. Change of plan!
Carl is a professional captain by trade and what better way to replenish our kitty. Right now he is an engineer on a boat headed to the Bahamas for the summer, the gig is for 4 +/- months and should help put another hole in our cruising kitty belt.
We’ll continue to hunt for another boat over the summer and hope to be on the water again come winter time. I’ve set up a website to help get the word out about my skilled husband, please share freely.
Please check out All Latitudes, Capt. Carl for hire.
I found The Monkeys Fist a great resource for the cost of cruising.
Please share how you make money while traveling, we’re always up for fresh ideas.
We left our steel beast, a Bruce Roberts 65, in Seward Alaska last November before heading south to warmer weather. We found good weather and a lot more. We now have ourselves a base camp in Maine where we can live cheaply and save for our next adventure. We tried to figure out how to put away pennies while still keeping Salty but it just wasn’t feasible.
Enter Jesse and Samantha, an energetic couple we met in Greenland last summer. Like us, they are looking for their next endeavor. The stars aligned and we met up with them again in Seward Alaska where they live. After many talks, emails and text messages Jesse and Samantha have taken over the running of our loved Salty. They saw a business opportunity and have grabbed it by the spreaders, so to speak.
SV Salty has morphed into SV Extraordinary, a stout charter boat based out of Seward Alaska. Please check out their new website and freely share with interested parties, there aren’t a lot of options for sailing charters out of Alaska and our Salty would show any guest one hell of a good time. Sailwith7
Our well wishes go with Jesse, Samantha and Salty.
Our heads have now been turned from stressing over our boat left idle in Alaska to the more tropical climates of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Our game plan in the next 6 months is to find another sailboat and continue our dream of circumnavigation. Come May Carl is getting pushed (with a big pointy stick by me) back into the rat race. You will find him working as an engineer on a private yacht down the in the Bahamas for 4 months earning mumma the right to a new (used, clunker) sailboat.
We have a few, but not many checkpoints that need to be met:
steel or aluminum hull, we will probably end up with steel because of our budget
preferably 3 cabins
45’-50’ in length
lifting keel, that’s us just dreaming
generally a boat with good bones, nothing pretty
Have you seen our dream boat out there? Send us an email and we’ll check it out!
There you have it, our nights are now filled with sailboat shopping and of course Game of Thrones!!