Sailing into Retirement: 7 Ways to Retire on a Boat at 50 with 10 Steps that Will Keep You There Until 80

Sailing into Retirement: 7 Ways to Retire on a Boat at 50 with 10 Steps that Will Keep You There Until 80

by Jim Trefethen


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Sailing into Retirement: 7 Ways to Retire on a Boat at 50 with 10 Steps that Will Keep You There Until 80 by Jim Trefethen

How-to guidance for retiring on a boat—for aging captains and landlubbers

Have you ever thought you might want to retire on a boat? Of course you have or you wouldn’t have picked up this book! Whatever form your yearning for aquatic retirement takes, Jim Trefethen can help you realize the dream.

After sailing together for over 40 years, the Jim and his wife have learned the secrets of living a content and productive life. Here Jim shares those secrets, including:

● Making sure you really want to do it: then make sure you are sure.

● How to upsize your ambitions while downsizing your life, in ways that will enhance your retirement

● How to get all your shore-side affairs in order, then to make some important adjustments in your attitude, confidence, and self esteem

● Easy-to-understand pointers and suggestions for deciding which type of retired cruising is best for you

● A ten-step plan to buying a boat with as little drama as possible

● How to modify your new/old floating retirement home to make it safer, more comfortable, and more elderly friendly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071823159
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2016
Edition description: Student
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 653,055
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jim Trefethen (New Zealand) is in his 70s and still cruises with his wife Susan. He is the author of The Cruising Life, Woodenboat Renovation, and Inflatable Boats.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Basic Basicism 2

Freedom 4

Liveaboards Versus Cruisers 5

It Ain't What Ya Do but How Ya Does It 5

Buying Your Boat 6

Old Age Gets Bad Press 6

1 A Little History 9

2 The Basic Life 23

First We Need a New "Ism" 23

Basicism as an Alternative 24

Minimalism Versus Basicism 25

Evils of Consumerism 26

The Free Market 27

Consumerism Is Futile Anyway 28

From Consumerism to Basicism 30

The 10-Step Austerity Program 30

3 Cruising with Style and Purpose 39

Types of Retirement Cruising 39

Sheltered Cruising 40

Coastal Cruising 46

Offshore Cruising 58

Bug-out Cruising 60

4 How to Buy a Cruising Boat 66

Types of Cruising Boats 66

Size 67

Initial Price and Costs 68

Another 10-Step Plan: Buying a Boat 72

Step One: Reread Chapter Two 72

Step Two: Realize You Are Not Investing in an Asset 72

Step Three: Pick a Price 73

Step Four: Determine Operating Costs 74

Step Five: Your Cruising Style 75

Step Six: Your Cruising Boat 76

Step Seven: Make Sure You Are Ready 81

Step Eight: OK, Now You Can Buy a Boat 85

5 Age-Proofing Your Cruising Boat 87

Essential Safety Upgrades 88

Get a Handle on Lifelines 88

Deck Slips Can Be Deadly 91

Hold On for Dear Life 96

Jacklines, Tethers, and Harnesses 100

Life Jackets 101

Codger-Proofing the Galley 103

Everything Else 118

6 A Few Labor-Saving Upgrades 119

The Outboard-Motor Hoist 119

Little Dinghies Make Little Work 121

Big Dinghy Versus Small Dinghy 122

Different Dinghies for Different Cruising 123

The Vicarious Dinghy Solution 123

Oars! Don't Forget Yours 125

Anchors Aweigh 126

A Big Anchor Windlass 127

Big Sheet Winches 128

Come Along with Me 132

Halyard and Sheet Pulleys 132

Generators and Water Makers 134

Climbing the Mast 136

Lighting the Way 140

LED Lights 141

Deck Lighting 142

Underwater Lights 143

LED Headlamps 144

7 A Few Cozy Upgrades 146

Leaks 146

Leaks Are Individuals 148

First Ya Gotta Find 'Em 150

Then Fix 'Em 151

Air Circulation 153

Natural Air Circulation 154

Dynamic Air Circulation 156

Temperature Control 159

Air-Conditioning 159

Heat 160

Cushions 160

Adjusting Standards and Attitudes 162

8 The Healthy Life 164

Stones off Honduras 164

Health Care in the Developing World 165

Health Insurance 167

Health Insurance for Older Cruisers 168

Health Insurance in the United States 168

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare 169

The Expat Option 171

Divers Alert Network (DAN) 171

The Medical Locker 172

The Pre-Packaged Medical Kit: Pros and Cons 175

Pre-Existing Conditions 176

Medical Concerns on Long Passages 177

Medical Problems Endemic to Life on a Boat 180

1 Stay out of the Sun 181

2 Stop Smoking 182

3 Don't Stop Drinking 182

4 Be Careful While Swimming 182

9 The Kitchen Sink and Everything that Goes with It 185

A Galley for Retired Cruisers 186

A Smaller Galley Stove 188

Don't Buy Your Galley Range from Sears 190

Fuel Types for Galley Stoves 190

Galley layout 190

Outfitting me Galley 192

Salads 193

The Grill: Unnecessary Nuisance or Essential Kit? 193

Selecting a Grill 195

Choosing Just the Right Grill for You 197

Grill Size 198

Gas Grill Cooking Techniques 198

10 A Few Favorite Cruising Retirees 207

Michael and Gretchen on SV Syrinx 208

Howard and Janelle on SV Double Trouble 214

Chuck and Laura on SV Lealea 220

Jim and Laura on SV Nilaya 226

11 In Summary 237

Index 239

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