Images of a Big Island

The Dream.

This would be the dream of many people, save up enough money to buy a decent yacht, sell the house, sail around the world to exotic locations or at least spend your winters cruising around places like the Whitsundays or the Carribean.
In my years as a professional seaman, I have seen many people do just that. I call them the middle class yachties, they do it reasonably comfortably,utilise marinas for the convenience (sort of like caravan parks) and usually maintain their boats with adequate funds to keep them seaworthy and comfortable.
I have also witnessed the extreme ends of the spectrum. On one end you have the millionaires/billionairespeople with obscene amounts of money who have huge yachts with professional crews and are like floating palaces.

Mostly seen around the ports of the Mediterranean and Carribean where they are like a status symbol. They cost a fortune to maintain and in a lot of cases the owner is lucky to spend a month a year aboard because he is too busy running his empire to actually enjoy his boat! To be fair some of these vessels are at the cutting edge of technology and certainly have a real “wow’ factor about them.
At the other end of the scale are the people who build a boat in the backyard or scrimp and save to acquire a vessel that is of sometimes questionable design and seaworthiness. I liken them to sea gypsies. They are living the dream on limited funds often scrounging parts and cobbling things together to keep going, or working along the way to keep cruising.
They are often seen on the fringes of harbours or anchored off because marinas are too expensive, their boats often have a scruffy, down at heel look about them. No shiny stainless steel here nor insurance either!

The interesting thing is that they help each other out in many ways from sharing information about anchorages or the cheapest ways of doing something to giving a hand to anti-foul before the tide comes back in.
They also probably cover more miles and see more deserted anchorages than many cruisers. They may not do it in absolute style and comfort but they do it and I have an idea that they are probably the most contented because they are doing it their way.


10 responses

  1. True North Mark

    Nice images mate…and yes that is something that I would love to do, but my bride is not that good on the water and True North is about as much as she can stomach!

    August 1, 2010 at 1:24 am

  2. Thanks Mark. Sailing is not for everybody I guess! There is an Aussie band called the Wolverines who are involved in sailing. The chorus from one of their very tongue in cheek songs is “We don’t change our boats, we change our women!” LOL

    August 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

  3. Hey Tim,

    I love that last image. Its probably the only boat I could afford!


    August 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

  4. Thanks Jamie, this image actually inspired the whole post. About all I could afford as well!

    August 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

  5. wayte27

    Hey Tim, great contrasting images yet with the same passion and dream. Love the bottom image says so much!
    cheers Adrian

    August 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    • Thanks Adrian, trying to put together the images to illustrate different aspects of the “Dream” took a while but I think it worked!

      August 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

  6. Tony Middleton

    Top post Tim – I also like the last image the best, though I feel the strength and message behind this post is more about the literature than the images.


    August 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

  7. Thanks Tony, was trying to illustrate different aspects of the sailing lifestyle. I see what you are saying though


    August 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    • Tony Middleton

      Yep you have done that brilliantly mate…I didn’t quite articulate myself well enough.
      Really enjoyed the post.


      August 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      • No worries mate, a different opinion is always good!

        August 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

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