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FAQ

Everybody asks this, so here goes …

Where did you get such a crazy/fantastic/stupid idea?
This all goes back to 1989 when I made my first, an so far only, trip to Guantanamo Bay. As I scrubbed decks, polished brass and stood watch, I could see these great sailboats going by and actually hear people laughing and having a good time. Everyone in my division thought this sounded like something we needed to do. Unfortunately, a few enlisted guys in the late 1980’s didn’t make near enough to fund a weekend yacht outing.

Fast forward a decade and a half and Amy and I decided we should finally make that dream come true. So we sailed. And we loved it just as much as we thought we would.

Then I learned about the technomad idea and neo-minimalism and we thought we could make this work for us. After that, it was inevitable.

There are literally dozens of reasons we’ve decided to do this. Some are the obvious, some not so obvious. We’ll blog about them.

How long will you do this?
As long as it takes. Somewhere between 1 month and 10 years is my current best guess.

Will you keep a land based home?
No.

What are you going to do with all your stuff?
The great philosopher George Carlin says everything we need to know about stuff. We’re gonna get rid of a most of our stuff, some will go in storage for a while but around a year or so that stuff’s gotta go if we determine we can adapt to a lifestyle without the focus on stuff. That’s a big deal in our consumer based society.

Can I come visit and sail with you a little?
Reservations are accepted provided you fill out the application and supply at least one bottle of wine per day (no cheap swill either, Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you’ve got – this year! No more of this old stuff) and a few good beers (which depends on season and the Captain’s whim). But listen up, the way it works shipboard is, you do your job. You do it good, you get a better job. Maybe you get promoted from swab to mate. Sort’ve an incentive kind of a deal. Incentives are important. I learned that in rehab.

Why a blog and not on Facebook?
You’re either the customer or the product and since you don’t pay to use Facebook you must be the product. When you post on Facebook, Facebook owns the content. We’ll post on our personal accounts there like always but most of the “good stuff” will be here.