Episode 40 of The Sailing Podcast is with Ellen Jacobson who outlines for us the 10 Steps that she and Scott thought were important steps to becoming full time cruisers.
Ellen and Scott have just made the move from landlubber to cruisers and share some of the important steps it took. Ellen has followed up on this conversation with a blog post that outlines her thoughts and you can find that at www.thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com.
On The Radar – Do you have a favorite sailing blog or website to share? You can email me a message or record your message using the Speakpipe ‘Send Message’ bar on the side of the webpage. Just record directly from your computer or smartphone and the recording will get emailed to The Sailing Podcast and we can add it to the show.
During the interview with Ellen we hear about:
- How Ellen and Scott came to be in New Zealand
- Their first boat, a Raven 26 called Rainbows End
- How to come up with a full time cruisers plan
- How to work and play together
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Show Notes for 10 Steps to Becoming Full Time Cruisers
The 10 steps for Full Time Cruisers that Ellen describes are:
- Get yourself some passion (and brainwash your partner)
- Learn how to sail – and keep learning
- Buy a boat – it doesn’t have to be your forever boat
- Figure out what your high-level plan is
- Share your plan with the family, your friends and your colleagues
- Figure out the money side of things
- Get rid of everything
- Prepare, and prepare some more – and then realise that you can never fully prepare
- Figure out how you are going to work and play together as a cruising couple and
- Just do it!
Ellen has put all this information into a great post on her website – 10 Steps To Becoming A Full-Time Cruiser – so be sure to check out the detailed post there as well as catch up on some of the other updates that have been published since the interview.
Ellen also emailed me some suggested posts that you may be interested in:
“Cruising Couples & Ways of Sailing – Our take on some of the things that are important for us to talk through in order to establish how we want to work and play together as a cruising couple on our boat. This is a key part of getting ready to cruise full-time for us.
“We talked about the Hauraki Gulf on the interview and what a great cruising ground it is. And I would absolutely agree! We’ve done a number of posts on sailing here – most are a bit eccentric but there is the occasional tidbit on history of the area, conservation volunteer opportunities, some of our favorite walks etc. If your readers are interested, they could check out this page where we’ve captured everything.
“We also talked about boat buying and boat reviews. And yes, it is incredibly overwhelming and I am often in information overload. I’ve been doing a lot of research to educate myself and write down what I’ve learned (because my memory isn’t what it used to be) and we’ve captured those various posts on this page. But be warned, I really don’t know what I’m talking about so take anything I say with a pinch of salt!”
The Sailing Podcast
On the Radar
If you have a great sailing blog or website that you want to share let me know. The new ‘On The Radar’ segment will give the opportunity to share your favorite sailing blogs.
- Record a message on Speakpipe (see instructions below)
- Record a message and send it through via email
- Email the details to me and I will mention it on the podcast
I have set up a way to record your recommendations using ‘Speakpipe‘ which works straight from your browser or smartphone. Just click on that microphone that says ‘Send Voicemail” on the right hand side of the page and you can record your question. It will get emailed automatically to me as a sound file.
When you record your message you could let us know
- your name
- where you are
- which site you think should be ‘on the radar’ and
- if you have your own website or blog, you can go ahead and let us know what it is
I am planning to add this as a segment to the show so please go ahead and send in your suggestions