I guess you could say that we are actively involved in the slow movement! (Very slow at times when the wind doesn’t blow much). We are both traversing the path of yoga/ Vaishanva Hinduism in our life and is how we met. This path teaches there are two ingredients for a life of fulfilment: understanding our eternal spiritual nature (separate from these physical bodies and mind) and re-establishing our loving relationship (yoga) with the Supreme Person, God. So for us, being on the water helps us with our yoga practises. We also enjoy the simplicity, living more in tune with Mother Earth, and of course making new friends.
Radha and I were married in 2008 and bought a Hartley 16 trailer sailor for our honeymoon.
After a couple of years sailing throughout the magnificent Moreton Bay we decided we wanted to live on a boat and go cruising. A couple of years passed before we got serious and started making goals. We decided on the go small, go simple, go now principle, and in Jan 2013 we bought a H28 for $4,000, put another $4,000 into her and moved on that December.
The next step was to break the land ties and head off on a starter cruise up the QLD coast for the winter season. So for this we set our goal as May 2015 and started to get the boat ready, along with saving and thinking about income whilst cruising. Living a simple life, not drinking and being vegetarian helps us to live on a modest budget. We worked out a $200 per week budget while cruising with $50 per week going into the boat kitty. Any extra income over that would get split between the boat kitty and the ‘when Radha and Pam want land and get old kitty’.
Radha is an artist (www.radhapedersen.com.au), a traditional woodcarver still using hand chisels and mallets. He had been earning money through teaching as well as commissions. Luckily the commissions he can still do onboard. So our boat is part woodcarving studio, complete with wood chips often on the floor.
Myslef I was in retail so have switched to full time student for the next three years to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. This blog is an avenue from which I can practise my prose.
A couple of months before going we threw a spanner in the works and purchased an S&S 30 in need of a new owner. She offered a little more space for living / working / studying and having friends stay aboard.
Well it was hard work but we still made our goal and headed off on 14 April 2015 for our shakedown cruise. As to our future, we have made no definite plans. We are just going to take one season at a time and see what we both enjoy. That is the beauty of boating. There are so many ways to enjoy it, be it week-ending, racing, overseas voyages to coastal cruising, be it on a cat, a tri, in a monohull, a cruiser or a little dinghy. One thing we are pretty certain of though is that our life will always involve a boat.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to meet you soon be it on water or land!
Radha and Pam