In recent years, a fascinating trend has emerged among individuals seeking a lifestyle far removed from the conventional, full-time yacht living has captured the imagination of many, with some enthusiasts going to extremes, like selling all their possessions to make the sea their permanent home.
One such couple, Ryan Ellison and Sophie Darsy, initially planned to live on a boat for just one year. However, they found themselves engrossed in the maritime lifestyle, extending their full-time yacht living to an astonishing eight years. Ellison explained that periodic breaks were essential, allowing them to “take a vacation from it all” and spend quality time with family in France and Iowa.
What’s intriguing is that these modern-day seafarers are not cutting ties with their professional lives. Ellison, for instance, continues to work with his company Dakota Lithium, while Darsy juggles her roles as a YouTuber and e-learning consultant, proving that the maritime lifestyle can seamlessly integrate with a thriving career.
Mark and Cinda Boomershine took a slightly different route, spending 15 years meticulously planning and saving for a one-year journey on a full-time yacht living along the Great American Loop—a challenging 6,000-mile circuit along the eastern seaboard of the US and Canada. Moving onto a 56-foot boat with their 9 and 11-year-old children in May 2022, the Boomershines opted to retain their home, renting it out while they sailed around the Loop.
Mark emphasized that their approach differed from those who go “all in,” selling everything to make the boat their permanent residence. Their decision to maintain a home base reflected the complexity of their lives with children. Despite this, Cinda revealed that 99% of their time was spent on the boat. They embraced a daily sailing routine, occasionally pausing to dock in a marina for a few days.
The allure of full-time yacht living goes beyond the romanticized notion of a nomadic lifestyle; it embodies a profound desire for freedom, adventure, and a break from the norms of conventional living. The sea becomes both home and workplace, allowing individuals and families to explore the world while maintaining their professional commitments.
As these stories unfold, it becomes evident that the trend of living on a yacht is not just a fad but a lifestyle choice embraced by those seeking a harmonious blend of work, adventure, and the timeless rhythm of the ocean waves.
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