I agree that there seems to be some who do not wholeheartedly get stuck in & those who have no problems in adapting.
In my experience of many years in overseas postings the same attitudes appeared, in that some became true ex-pats & some did not embrace the concept of being away from home/their mum/brother/football club etc.
Living aboard is another life experience & should not be treated as just a change of venue with a party lifestyle.
Iím off on Monday to the med. to join the permanent ranks after many years of two & three week cruising, so I will let you know in a yearís time what happened.
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02-05-12, 15:40 #21
02-05-12, 17:04 #22John Rodriguez Yachts. Cruising & Bluewater Yachts www.jryachts.com
13-05-12, 13:45 #23
Year One: Rented a 45' boat, lived on it with elec and water. Quite enjoyed it, leaked a bit and owner was an arse.
Year Two: rented boat sold from under me (two days notice to get off) moved back with parents, looked at dream boat, couldn't afford it. Bought cheap 28 footer. Loved life aboard.
Year Three: Boat coming along nicely, some good trips aboard with friends. Never consider moving ashore.
Year Four: Bought original dream boat with girlfriend. Very happy. Just wish first boat would finish itself and then sell itself.Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
13-05-12, 15:53 #24Registered User
Location : Back in UK
- Join Date
- Jul 2006
We found the first year the hardest because so many things break. By the end of that year we knew how to fix everything so all was well.
14-05-12, 18:33 #25
Hardest year for me was coming homeJohn Rodriguez Yachts. Cruising & Bluewater Yachts www.jryachts.com
14-05-12, 19:44 #26
I'll get there in the end, and until I do, I'll continue living on the boat/in the office.
All fine by me.http://onkudu.com 4 years living on a 21ft boat. 1 month on a 32ft.
14-05-12, 20:02 #27
14-05-12, 20:46 #28
14-05-12, 21:46 #29
Back to the original post.
I found the 1st year both easy & difficult.
We left in August from Liverpool & by October were in Porto Santo (Madeira). Cruising companions we'd met on the way were moving on down to the Canaries.
I had a fit of homesickness (my father had died in April & my brother had been seriously ill the year before) & we (wife + 2 young children) flew back home to my mother's for Xmas returning to PS in March.
In many ways I'm so glad I did. I never felt 'homesick' again. The original departure from Liverpool was full of high anxiety & rush. Now all was laid to rest and we left UK again happy with our decision to follow our chosen path. We were still in Madeira in June/July (we were in no hurry now) when I heard that my brother was dying. I flew home to be with him. Further away it would have been more difficult to organise. Serendipity maybe (for me).
The lesson. Live for now, you never know what is round the corner. He was 4 years older than me and was 49. I'm 63 now & there are not many days when I don't think of him.
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