Top 10 Questions

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After years of planning and dreaming, it feels pretty amazing to have smoothly finished the move on board our sailboat. That we’re soon to depart on an open ended journey as a family still leaves me wondering if I’m dreaming!

We’ve found that sharing the news of our impending, open-ended travels prompts concerns about our sanity, followed by a pretty standard set of questions. To help, here’s a shortlist of our answers; apply to your questions as desired:

1. South
2. 47 foot sloop
3. Six months. Six years. Who knows?
4. Homeschool!
5. Originally thought we’d sell, but the real estate crash intervened.
6. Pirates are in predictable areas, looking for Big Money boats. We will avoid both of these risk factors.
7. Sure, storms are scary. So are car accidents.
8. Routine maintenance in exotic locations
9. Semi-retirement, whatever that is.
10. Why not?

We do hope to update this site slightly more often than it has been…aiming for weekly position reports, and pictures when we have bandwidth (remember, we’re talking rural Mexico and central America for most of the next 18 months). And meanwhile, we’re taking names for crew, visitors, or babysitters to go down the California coast (October) or hang out in Mexico and points beyond.

5 Responses to Top 10 Questions

  1. bgirl August 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    you, your attitude, your courage, your humor all of it is so uplifting, so inspiring.

    i will miss you tremendously dear friend. i know we will see each other on foreign ground. what a great day that will be as we 4 share a glass (or several) of vino again.

    much love to you and jamie

  2. rebecca August 13, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    um, can i put my name on the crew/visitor/babysitter list? i am so excited about living the cruising life vicariously, thanks to you!

  3. basebell6 November 24, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    i wish i knew what “semi-retirement” was! how are you paying for this journey? the logistics are just mind-boggling to me!!!

  4. Behan November 24, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    basebell6, in our case, “semi-retirement” means quitting our jobs, selling all our stuff, and then being nomadic. No great answer for how to pay for this- we anticipated this for a long time, lived very frugally and saved as much as we could. Now we’re living on what we stashed away. We can live very, very cheaply on the boat, and spend a fraction of what our normal “land lives,” in comparison to what a car and commutes and child care and “work clothes” and everything else cost us.

  5. x December 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Funny – we are answering all the same questions now.

    Chainplates come out in 2 weeks.


    Max and Elizabeth (and Victoria and Johnathan).

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