A while back I received an email from a fellow Westsail lover and Living aboard boats follower. The person on the other end of the email had a request. A simple request really. They wanted to meet with me to discuss how to live a simple free life style on a boat particularly a Westsail 32.
This request seemed reasonable and my first thought was sure. Why not meet up, have a beer and discuss the life style and how to make it possible.
A short time later I found my self walking thru a local pub in Victoria looking for a couple that I had never meet before. It was easy to spot them sitting on the patio enjoying the beautiful ocean view.
I introduced my self and they did the same. The conversation went easy and like most people in this life style or people who long for this life style the conversation ended up lasting for hours. We discussed every thing from how to live simply, How to stay out of debt and how to obtain an inexpensive boat. Particularly a Westsail 32.
They informed me that they had followed my journey and had taken similar steps to work towards their dream of Westsail ownership. They felt that they were not there yet but had started to put all the pieces in order. They had down sized in vehicles, paid off most debt and were focused on saving money for their future boat purchase. After getting to know each other we said our good byes with the hopes that we would meet again. Who knows maybe in a tropical anchorage some day?
When I left our get together I could not help but think that these people are so close to fulfilling their dream there has to be a way that we can somehow make it possible. I contacted them and we decided to meet up again but this time on my Westsail. I really wanted them to see My Second Wind close up and get a feel for the space and the living in the marina life style. A short while later we where all in the cock pit enjoying various cheeses, nuts, crackers and my home-made salsa.
They brought an amazing bottle of wine and cheese and a good time was had by all. We actually meet in the early afternoon and it was late into the evening when they had left.
The time seemed to fly by as we focused on how we could get them in to a Westsail now and not years down the road. How could this be done with little money and is it ever a good idea to get a bank loan? Now as many of you know I don’t believe in living on credit. God knows I have had my fair share of it. I do however believe in a mortgage or a loan for your primary residence. Most people on this planet don’t have $200,000 or more in the bank to purchase a home out right. We go to the bank and obtain a mortgage. Our basic thinking on getting them into a Westsail was why pay rent for an expensive apartment in one of the most expensive areas to live in the world ( Vancouver) when you can get a small loan for under $30,000 and get your Westsail today? Then take those expensive, waste full landlord rent payments and put those towards your dream.
After our time together this couple left focused and steadfast on obtaining their dream.
I am a firm believer that when things are meant to be they just fall into place with out to many restrictions or obstacles in the way.
I am happy to report that only a few short weeks later this couple where able to find a live aboard marina, secure financing for their Westsail 32 and sublet out their apartment.
It brings me great joy to see another dream fulfilled.
To all of you that believe the road is to steep or you are to far in debt to ever realize your dreams there is a way out. Stay focused and do what it takes to make it possible. Some times it takes sacrifice and doing things that are not always easy to do. Some times it takes a complete readjustment in our life styles to make it possible. It can be done. Just make it happen.