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They call it living the dream but what is the dream? Is it sailing? Is it a life of self sufficiency? Is it simply telling your boss to take this job and shove it? Regardless of what our end dream is we all share one massive hurdle in common, financing the dream.
I could spend the rest of my life studying golf with the best coaches in the world but I will never be the next Tiger Woods. Just like sailing engineless wont make me the next Larry Pardey, there is no amount of writing I can put in that will make me the next Hemingway. There is nothing original in this world, we simply take old principals and make them better for the constantly changing world. I remember giving a speech to a board room full of business professionals. I started out with a single statement that I have lived by for over 30 years. If you run your buisiness this year the way you did last year, next year you will be out of business. I spend very close to 365 days a year on the water, you can’t be that close to this lifestyle and not see a hundred dreams lived a hundred ways.
In 2005 I started this sailing blog as a very private outlet for my friends and family to follow me on my travels from surf to turf and a way for them always to know where I was and what I was up to. Somehow over the last ten years it has grown to something larger and just like all the letters I receive form readers around the world I spend a fair amount of time working on how I will continue to finance the dream. Do a simple google search and you can find hundreds of sailing budgets and thousands of different boats out there right now all doing it different ways. Follow these blogs lang enough and you will soon learn that your super heroes sooner or later will be struggling just as hard as you to keep the momentum going. I can’t say for sure why but it seems that there is about a three year window for excellent sailing blogs, then they seem to crash hard, the close intimate writing turns into a sales pitch for all the XYZ products we simply can’t safely or happily sail without and the journal becomes yet another sailing advertizment page.
I’ve been courted and swooned for years with these offers for so called sponsorship and advertising revenue and while I have held firm and held out I too have to keep beans and rice on the table for my family. In a few weeks I will launch a new blog in an attempt to save this one from the preverbial thee year itch. It will be a dedicated to small full keel blue water sailboats for sale, in this day and age there is simply no reason to pay a yacht broker a 10% surcharge. As the new site grows I hope to turn it into a one stop shop for the go small go simple go now dreamers and sailors alike. While there is no right or wrong way to go about funding the dream, I continue the search for my way.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison