The skill sets you learn while living on a boat are, in my opinion, not comparable to anything else. You will learn to be an electrician, plumber, rigger, mechanic, and I guess the role of a captain is thrown in there as well.
I spent my life studying textbooks and occasionally in a lab dissecting marine life; I never thought I would take apart my engine or install lithium batteries on my own. This is one of the things I truly love about living on a boat, every day is so similar, but so different; the days are never repetitive because I feel like I’m learning something new about either the boat or myself daily.
I would recommend this lifestyle to everyone. The crystal blue water and the feeling of the sails filling with wind is liberating, but beyond that, it’s a chance to learn a little bit more about yourself. Living on a boat with people as well as operating a boat solo has been one of the biggest teachers of my life.
I confidently believe that I would not have the mindset I do now without living this way. However, I also believe solotraveling in general can contribute to teaching a similar lesson. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and your capabilities when you are relying solely on yourself.
While cruising, something that has really touched my heart is how amazing the boating community is. Strangers have helped me without question, best friends have been made after sharing an anchorage for a few nights, and I’ve had sailing friends drop everything to tow me. This was the reason I felt confident enough to purchase my own boat; I knew there was at least someone I could call to walk through a problem and give advice…