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Onora, a 63-foot aluminum cutter built by Kelly Archer and designed by Chuck Paine, carried her owners, Jean and Jim Foley, on a one-year shakedown cruise.
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Kevin and Beth Hansen aboard Red, a Waterline 48, are on their second voyage. Kevin was 37 and Beth was 36 in 1989 when they left Alaska aboard Achates, their Valiant 40, with enough savings for a three-year sabbatical. Both left behind businesses, Kevin in computer programming and Beth in physical therapy, and t heir time frame w as dictated by th e agreements with their business partners. They returned to Alaska after completing a Pacific circle, but after only a few months in "the unreal world," as Beth calls it, they knew they wanted to go cruising again, this time on a custom-built steel boat. It took a while to get their finances sorted out, but in 1995, the Waterline yard on Vancouver Island began building their dream boat. They left Alaska again in 2001 and have been cruising the Pacific since. This time, Beth's partners bought out her part of the business, but Kevin has continued to work at computer programming from the boat.
Jim and Jean Foley on Onora, a newly launched 63-foot Chuck Paine-designed, Kelly Archer-built aluminum cutter, are also on their second boat and second voyage. They were in their mid-40s in 1993 when they left the first time, aboard Mara, a Mason 44. Jim owns a Chicago-based company that makes instruments to measure temperature, pressure, and humidity. Once the children were in college, Jean was the one who pushed to go cruising. But Jim always "had one more three-year plan he had to see through," she says. They finally committed to a date, left a manager in charge, and sailed away for a summer. "Things ran better than when I was there," Jim says, which gave them the confidence to try a longer voyage. They carried a satellite-communications system to stay in touch, and they accepted the fact that they might have to end their voyage early if something happened to the business. But things continued to run smoothly, and they completed an Atlantic circle and then a tropical eastabout circumnavigation, returning in 1996. They continued to cruise during the summers, exploring Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador. They decided they needed a metal b oat when they were trying to shorten sail at night in a gale surrounded by icebergs. "Jean went down to check the radar and let out a bloodcurdling yell," Jim says. They'd just barely managed to avoid hitting an iceberg. We met them at
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Stewart Island, at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, at the end of their one-year shakedown cruise. Jim still owns the business, and they continue to manage it while cruising aboard their new boat.
Financially, none of these couples lives on a shoestring. They're all sailing on well-maintained, high-quality offshore boats. All of them have built sufficient assets or have adequate income to meet their cruising expenses and to provide some sort of a cushion when they return ashore. They all carry both health and boat insurance. These are established professionals who are financially conservative and wouldn't be doing this if they didn't have the assets to back them up. Kim of Vagabond Blues puts it this way: "The nest egg we got from the business makes it possible to do what we're doing now." None of these couples would be comfortable cruising on a wing and a prayer, not knowing where the money for the next round of provisioning was coming from. "You have to stay within your comfort level," she says, "or you won't enjoy being out here."
Laura of Moonshine voices a common theme: "Our biggest issue financially is the weakness of the U.S. dollar right now. That's really hurt our lifestyle in the last year or so."
In addition to a degree of financial security, all of these couples share a quiet confidence, a certainty that they'll have no trouble finding jobs and meeting whatever challenges come their way in the future. "We weren't afraid to sell the business, and we're not worried about what we'll do in the future," Kim says. "We feel instead as if we have nothing to lose, the same way we felt when we started with the espresso bar."
Steve and Laura of Moonshine left with savings enough for five years, after which they knew they might have to go back to work again. "But we're both marketable," Steve says. "We have enough money to be comfortable for now."
Ashore, it's easy to slip from chapter to chapter in your life, following the spoken and unspoken expectations of others and of society. But when you strike out on your own and start writing your own script, the number of options and choices can be frightening. For each couple, New Zealand has become a kind of crossroads in their decisions about cruising and about life. Kim and Mark of Vagabond Blues have absolutely no idea what comes next. They think it's
The Foleys continue to run their business from Onora, knowing that they could be called back at any moment, though experience has shown that things run more smoothly when they're away.
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