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Sailboat Cruising - Four Questions to Ask Yourself

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

Cruising on a sailboat, which we experienced for eight years in the Caribbean, was the highlight of our so far 37 years of marriage... It was a tremendous amount of fun, it was safe, it was cheap and we met some great people.

If you have ever contemplated sailboat life as a way to retire or live for a while, you need to realize that it is not for everyone.

Best to ask yourself the following four questions first:

1. Do you get along very well with your spouse/partner?

There is not a lot of personal space on a sailboat... Ours was 35 feet long but even if it was 70 feet... you have to realize that you are going to be within talking distance of each other, for all the time that you spend in the boat.

Did we encounter couples that seem to argue a bit during our eight years of cruising...? Yes, we did, but we tended to avoid them.

2. Are you comfortable when you are in a foreign country?

We have friends, even today, who would not consider living in a foreign country... The closest they ever wanted to experience a new culture is a shore excursion off a cruise ship.

If being around people that look different from you, or that speak a different language than you do... Is not something you would enjoy, go no further... This lifestyle may not be for you.

3. Are you a type A personality?

The pace of life, especially in the Caribbean, is much slower than the United States.

We actually enjoyed this slower pace... island folks seem to be far more family oriented... time off was much more important than making more money.

If you expect things to be done quickly... In addition, feel that money can get you out of any situation... This lifestyle may not be for you.

4. Do you plan your calendar and then stick to it?

Flexibility and patience are two very important traits for a successful sailboat cruiser to possess.

We discovered that 98% of the time we were not moving. We were at a comfortable anchorage and did not pay very much attention to the weather between islands.

If you wait for favorable sea conditions before you venture out to another island, the sailboat cruising lifestyle will not only be much safer it can become pleasantly boring.

Case in point, we waited for weather in Martinique for 25 days before sailing to St. Croix... Martinique, incidentally, is not a bad place to be stuck for 25 days.

Do not take these four questions lightly, sailboat cruising was a lot of fun because my spouse and I have always looked at each other as being our best friends... We love experiencing new cultures... We quickly adjusted to the island way of doing things... Moreover, we never got in a hurry going from point A to point B.

Make sure you ask yourself the same questions before considering sailboat cruising as a lifestyle.

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Gary Pierce is the webmaster of he retired early at 49, he is still retired at 66.

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