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I know the board is fairly dead, but I just found it, so I thought I should at least post a hello :)

Not all that long ago, while sailing on my father-in-law's boat, he mentioned something about living aboard and sailing around the world. I said that sounded like fun, and my wife said "yeah, it does".

So, I went gung-ho into the research, and our current "plan" is to retire in around 11 years (we're both 29 right now), and head out onto a sail boat. We're not experienced sailors (I've been sailing before, but certainly not much time logged), but we figure anything is possible if you've decided to do it.

That's our story, and my hello :)
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Hey HobbyDave,
A great book to check out if you plan to go sailing is called "An Embarrassment of Mangoes." Much to mull over if you want to vicariously go sailing.
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Yes, actually I bought that book a month or so ago, and it's sitting next to my bed now. I'm part way through, it finally made its way to the top of my reading queue.
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I have been watching this board for 4 months and have seen no action. Thanks for taking up the mantle, Dave.

I am a little bit confused with the title of this board. I am a fledgling Parrothead (with graying feathers) and go to see Jimmy perform every summer. For a Fool's board namesake, in recent years this Mr. Buffett doesn't seem to take his retirement sitting down. He hasn't gone at it like his cousin Warren, but Jimmy has been doing a LOT of empire building for the past decade or so.

Dave, good luck with both the retirement plans and sailing. I am rooting for you.

I too would like to retire in 10 years or so, and love tearing it up on my Hobie Cat.

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WOW! I can't believe that my last post on this board was in 01!

Dave keep at it and do your homework, but don't wait until everything is perfect (it never is) or you will never cast off from the dock.

I set a goal of cruising in my retirement more years ago than I care to remember.

The good news is I have finally made it. I am currently living aboard a 36 ft trawler in St Pete Beach Fl and have been cruising the west coast for a couple of years now (official retirement date was 6/1/06).

Let me know if their is any specific info you may be looking for.

SSchey
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Hi SSchey,

Congratulations! I was wondering if you can show us how you did it and lessons learned along the way. It would surely provide valuable insight for someone like me who seems to be grappling with so much information not knowing which of the bits help and which ones I can discard.

Kind regards.
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HobbyDave

I concur on the Embarrassement of Mangoes; it's a fun read. I think the islands are changing rapidly, but it certainly gives one an idea of the joy and challenges of living aboard.

If I might recommend to you, sailing in the British Virgin Islands is a great way to check out life in the islands. There are numerous sailing schools and charter outfits for about any budget and most will get your your bareboat training if you are interested. My wife and I have been twice and have had a great time. Now if I can only convince her to buy a boat in Tortola <g>....

Best of luck

Randy
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