Hi. We are Erica and Jordan. We left our 9-5 jobs in New Jersey to attempt a more simple life living on a 28 foot sailboat exploring the islands of the Caribbean. We’re writing this blog as a place to keep memories and share our experiences :)
The idea to do this started a couple years ago when we came across a random blog of a full time “cruiser”. Well, from there we couldn’t stop researching and figuring out a way to make a similar lifestyle for us possible. It was pretty simple, save as much money as we could and learn how to sail. Saving was much easier than I expected – look for the best deals and cut down/out all of the unnecessary things. Having an incredible goal to reach made saving super easy. Moving into your boyfriend’s parents basement helps too! To learn how to sail, we bought an old 1969 Bristol 26 foot sailboat on Craigslist for a great deal in May of 2012 and spent the summer weekends teaching ourselves. Taking a class would have been the right thing to do, but that just wasn’t in our budget. Summer came and went, we learned how to sail, sold that boat and started searching for THE boat. In December, we flew down to Florida with a list of boats to see, found Nami (previously Flambeau) and bought her! From there, we put in our dates of resignation at work and drove down to Fort Pierce, FL with a jeep full of our stuff.
After A LOT of work on the boat, we are now where we want to be. The work will never end because that’s just the way boats are, but being in the Caribbean makes things a little easier. We’ll now continue to travel the islands, meet new people, and experience all we can.