Cruising With Less

Hannah under full working sail off the coast of Labrador the day we (Phyllis and John) met Mick and Bee the first time.
“Hannah” under full working sail off the coast of Labrador the day we (Phyllis and John) met Mick and Bee the first time.

There’s a whole genre of books and articles on how to buy a boat and go cruising on very little money. But really, how often do you meet people who have actually made it work for any length of time?

In reality there are only a few people with the courage, flexibility, resourcefulness, and just plain raw grit to take on the challenges of full-time ocean cruising on very little money. And make no mistake, it takes real courage to live this life without the safety net of savings, insurance, and perhaps a base ashore, that many of us enjoy.

JHHOMD1-070008Our friends Mick and Bee are members of that select group, having lived aboard and cruised their ferro-cement gaff rigged ketch Hannah for some 15 years and 70,000 miles, including two visits to Greenland and five trans-Atlantics.

In the next couple of days we will be publishing a real treat: Mick’s story of how the two of them have made it work on just US$15,000/year, including buying and maintaining the boat.

Don’t miss this one, it’s truly a wonderful story; and we will be publishing it free to all, so tell your friends too.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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