Probably a year and a half ago I met a guy named Shawn in the laundry room here at the marina. I hadn’t seen him before, but I think I had just become an official liveaboard so there were still a lot of people I didn’t know. Of course I had my dogs in tow, and he noticed how curious and “helpful” they were. We got to talking about how we ended up at living on boats (everyone’s got a story!) and what do you know, he had zero experience like myself.
Even crazier, he bought the boat on eBay from Taiwan. The boat was in Oakland, so he moved here to work on the boat. Being that he knew nothing about boats, he sure did get a good make and model (although I don’t remember what kind it is to be honest!). I remember going with him sailing when it was his first time being in charge, having taken the boat out 20-30 times but always with more knowledgeable crew.
I remember meeting his sweet wife Silvia on David’s boat one afternoon after returning from a trip.
I remember seeing them off in Clipper Cove on one of the raft ups when crabbing season had just started and many a crab were caught and eaten. I had just been let go from my job, so I hung out for a few more days. What else was I going to do? Relaxing was in order! Here we are having dinner on our friend Geoff’s boat, I didn’t even realize they were about to take off on their voyage! There I was sulking because I had lost my job, and they were about to take off on their first voyage down the west coast. I’ve been following them ever since and it’s been fun to watch their GPS tracker, hear about how the winds have been on ocean crossing legs of their trip, wildlife, etc.
They have the kinds of stories I can’t wait to have. Run ins with immigration (yes, I’m crazy), arriving to a country without the correct currency, they’ve survived a few typhoons now, huge waves they thought was going to capsize the boat, etc. I am incredibly inspired by this couple who has found a way to make their dreams come true. I remember asking him when I first met him why he wanted to live on a boat if he had no prior experience. It was because he hated cold weather. He wanted to chase summer.