Buying and Living Aboard a boat seems to be a “dream” of many people. So, who are we and why are we doing this?
Steve and Debbie Russell are just everyday people that are newly retired. We call South Florida, Boca Raton specifically, home and could have been like most retired couples – stay in the house and take some trips throughout the year. That just didn’t appeal to us. More trips to Home Depot, yardwork, and pretty much the same everyday life that we had during weekends while not working. Now that seemed like it could be boring to us. We weren’t really cruise ship people as we don’t really like THAT many people around at one time and definitely don’t like someone controlling when we can stay and when we can leave. So what else is there?
Well, we could take up RVing, but we are truly water people. Debbie grew up in Michigan on Lake Huron and her dad always had boats and sailboats. Steve has spent the last the last 14 years re-inventing himself from owning a computer consulting business to the marine industry that involved yacht management, yacht deliveries and yacht brokerage. Debbie worked in the insurance industry for over 40 years, most of it as a “road warrior” putting 30,000 miles a year on her company car. Why not trade road miles for miles on the waterway?
We really got the “bug” with one of Steve’s clients where we would act as their Captain and 1st Mate on trips throughout the Bahamas. Additionally, Steve was hired as a delivery captain numerous times and Debbie took her vacation to be the 1st Mate on trips as far as Port Clinton, Ohio and Keemah, Texas. Life as a delivery couple was not very relaxing, but both of us noticed all of the people enjoying that morning cup of coffee or “docktail”………that seemed to be what we were looking for………adventure, new places and the community of boaters. Could that be us?