TOP TEN PROS AND CONS OF LIVING ON A SAILBOAT

1. PRO– We travel the world and get to sleep in our own bed every night.
CON- I have spent many a stormy night lying awake in my own bed worried we’ll drag anchor and end up on the reef, losing everything.

2. PRO- The living space is limited but you should see the pool!
CON- At any given time we share the ‘pool’ with stinging jellies, sharks and, in the Solomon Islands, crocodiles.

3. PRO- We can fish for our supper.
CON- There is a reason they call it fishing not catching.

4. PRO- As people always like to remind us, the wind is “free”.
CON- It might be free but it ain’t easy when you don’t control which direction it blows or how hard.

5. PRO- There is a great tradition in the sailing community of sharing information and helping during a crisis.
CON- It is often assumed that since we share one common interest (we both own a boat) that we share many, and therefore automatically must be best friends.

6. PRO- In the beginning it felt like we were sailing new waters, discovering new things and finally getting off the beaten track.
CON- I soon discovered that everyone has already been here, done it and screwed up the natives along the way.

7. PRO- There is no daily grind, no boss or no schedule.
CON- We are completely and fully responsible for everything that we do and do not get accomplished in a day.

8. PRO- We get to see remote, beautiful and sometimes uninhabited parts of the world.
CON- Every beach we’ve ever visited has plastic on it. I often am completely disgusted and totally discouraged about how much we have polluted the earth.

9. PRO- Living outside the parameters of what most people consider normal is exhilarating.
CON- With each passing year it becomes more difficult to live inside the parameters of what most people consider “normal”.

10. PRO- It is bikini season all the time! (in the tropics)
CON- It is bikini season ALL the time!

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6 thoughts on “TOP TEN PROS AND CONS OF LIVING ON A SAILBOAT

    • Yes it is true, and if anything getting worse. In Frech Polynesia we found lots of garbage from Asia, no English. We’ve seen large pieces of plastic and Styrofoam floating in the middle of the ocean, hundreds of miles from land. Plastic bags introduced to islands where until 20-30 years everything was packages and transported in natural fibres clog water ways and litter reefs because people don’t realize that when dropped plastic won’t just rot, like the palm frond basket they were used to. Plastic microbeads in things like body wash are eaten by small fish. You wanna make a difference? Cut as much plastic as you can from everyday life. We are killing the earth.

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      • Hi, thanks for the long reply & info! Have written a couple of longer articles about plastic pollution in oceans but they were all based on research only, no live experience (apart from North European and Mediterranean coastlines). So it is good to hear from sailors what it really looks like elsewhere nowadays… sad indeed!!

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