Seven Authentic Reasons Why Your Cruising Dreams Will Fail

We reckon there are at least seven reasons why your cruising dreams will fail. In this video podcast we explain why we think this, and discuss what you should be thinking about before jumping onto your own boat.

Clearly, we love this life (we’ve been doing it for nearly 20 years) and would recommend it to most people… but are you ready for it?

Good times!

If you are a would-be cruiser, we hope you’ll find our deliberations useful in your decision to untie the lines. And if we’ve missed anything out, please drop us a comment using the box below. Or, better yet, join the chat on our Discord.

By the way, this isn’t any old random list we’ve plucked from the air, it’s based on what we have witnessed since we began sailing and cruising in 2005.

Less than good times!

Our friends, Salty Lass, have a great example of why newbies give up…

That night the wind shifted and became a Force 6, soon picking up to a Force 10. This meant the anchorage was untenable, so we re-anchored, but our acquaintance ended up on the rocks. It took both the local harbour master and the RNLI to pull him off to safety. Everything was fine, because he was insured so was able to have his boat fixed. He then sailed it home and sold it!

An acquaintance of ours bought a boat to live the dream.
As he sailed into our anchorage, we watched him find a good spot, then toss the anchor and some chain off the front. He give us a wave and retreated below.

These days he travels on the UK inland waterways and rivers in a small motor cruiser.

Salty Lass

The Seven Reasons You Will Fail

  1. Sailing Knowledge and Experience
  2. Couples and Families
  3. Money
  4. Risk Averse
  5. Scared Of The Unknown
  6. Perfectionist
  7. DIY Shy

If you prefer to listen, we have a podcast version, which we recommend you stick on in the background while you do the cooking, gardening or have a drink! We have loads of podcasts, which are all kept together on our podcasts page, why not have a listen?

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