It pains me to write about money, it really does, mainly because I have no interest in it.
See I’m already wealthy, I have my health, I have people that love me (go figure), I have food and drink on the table and I have a floating home all my own. I’m living the life I’ve dreamed about for years.
I’ve learned that money and possessions hold no great attraction to me anymore, what I value far more is the generosity of friends and strangers who don’t hesitate to jump in and lend a hand when needed.
You know who you are and you have my heartfelt gratitude.
For all my dreamy aspirations though, I’m still a realist, I can’t change the way the world works and money is what keeps the wheels turning. Like it or not there has to be some cash in the bank or the wheels come off my own little bandwagon.
But there have to be some ground rules, the money has to come via channels that are a comfortable and enjoyable fit with my values and lifestyle.
I will not go back to the life I had before and give up my happiness, freedom and self-respect in return for a monthly pay cheque.
Cynthia and Jean Paul suggested laying ‘Gleda’ up for six months and heading back to the UK to work, I know Beat (Tiki 38 ‘Aluna’) has just spent 18 months away from his boat to build up a war chest. If the work fits I guess it makes sense but for me, as I write this now, it would seem like a betrayal of everything I’ve worked for. ‘Gleda’ is my home and I won’t leave her.
Philip and Michael both suggested chartering but, as Philip pointed out, to do that legally necessitate fighting with bureaucracy and red tape. Neither ‘Gleda’ nor I are up to it.
That said, if some friends want to come and spend time aboard and choose to contribute towards food and drink I’d be happy to oblige. They’d just need to be aware that I have expensive tastes 😉
Exchanging any skills that I have in return for reward is certainly on my radar, and mixing with the locals, boaties or not, has appeal. It’s just a case of being on the lookout for opportunities and taking them when they arrive, famine or feast? Anyones guess.
We do have an industrial sewing machine onboard and that, along with a lot of deck space, is something we need to capitalise on.
Teaching English Ken? Yes, probably a possibility in some places but here on the Algarve they all seem to speak it already!
I’ve mentioned writing before and Philip gave me a timely reminder that it’s something I enjoy and that could add to the pot. Yes, absolutely. I’m halfway through the first edit of a book about my earlier sailing exploits provisionally titled ‘A Foolish Voyage’.
I hereby pledge to have it finished and published on Kindle in time for Christmas. I read somewhere that public accountability is a great motivator …….Gulp!
Writing articles for publication is certainly appealing, I know that it’s a very competitive market but maybe I can bring something a little different to the table, it’s in the mix. Living with a composting toilet eh? Yeah I could write about that s@*t.
I’ve discounted people smuggling, drug running, piracy and personal prostitution. There’s surely money to be made in at least three of the four but for now I’ll file them with my robbing a bank pension plan for possible later consideration. Thanks Jon and Philip.
Ultimately what I’m looking for is a means to regularly generate a modest independent income that’s not location or time specific, ideally with a passive element to it, something that’s scaleable and eventually saleable.
The only thing that I know for sure meets all those requirements is an internet based business. I’ve tried to build one before and failed, but I learned a lot from the experience and the opportunities are still there.
I’ll be brainstorming some ideas over the coming weeks and I’ll keep you posted.