boat dreams

I made a deci­sion this morn­ing to save up for both scu­ba-div­ing and sail­ing lessons.  The basic cours­es, I fig­ure would put me about $1000 in the hole (a fea­si­ble amount to save up for, I think). 

This deci­sion, along with my desire to ulti­mate­ly live a min­i­mal­is­tic life, has coa­lesced this after­noon into seri­ous con­sid­er­a­tions of liv­ing on a sail­boat.  This has been a fleet­ing roman­tic notion before, but after a con­crete com­mit­ment to learn how to sail, this seems like some­thing actu­al­ly pos­si­ble.  Invest in a mod­est but roomy sail­boat (maybe some­thing in the $20,000 range?), dump almost every­thing I own, and dock up, with occa­sion­al trips to dev­il-may-care.  I fig­ure I could even drag my cats along (so long as I buy them tiny lit­tle lifejackets).

How amaz­ing would that life be?  My heart has been — lit­er­al­ly — drum­ming all after­noon with the thought.   As utter­ly crazy as this sounds, I think this is some­thing I real­ly want.  The biggest chal­lenge to this plan, I think, would be find­ing a career/job in a city near the ocean.

Wish me luck.

2 thoughts on “boat dreams”

  1. I have a Span­ish friend who upped sticks and became a job­bing crew mem­ber … turns up once a year look­ing sick­en­ing­ly windswept and tanned…he loves it. Just find your niche … once met a superb woman (on the net) who’s child­hood dream was liv­ing on a trop­i­cal isle — she now lives some­where in Poly­ne­sia — teach­ing scu­ba div­ing and design­ing the odd boat inte­ri­or (once again, she looked sick­en­ing­ly healthy !) … good look and bon voyage ..

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