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The Herd of Turtles

Jul 17, 2018

I don’t know if it is the classic 80s tune by the Styxs “Come Sail Away” or maybe watching "Captain Ron” one too many times, but I’ve always been intrigued by sailing.  I didn’t grow up sailing and it always seemed like a voodoo science to me.  How people can use nothing but mother nature and their knowledge to travel is like magic to me.  Now that I’m older and have been sailing a bit on my own small boat, it still is just as alluring.   I’ve suggested to my wife that we should put “Living on a sail boat for at least a year” on the the bucket list.   She wasn’t a big fan of that plan but I think I can wear her down in the next 20 years if I am consistent but I don’t know if I can do that long enough to see the results I’m hoping for.  In any case, it hasn’t stopped my desire to set sail for parts unknown.
Through reading different sailing blogs I came across the Hackneys on s/v Take Two (for those of you who don’t know s/v stands for sailing vessel) at
Led by Jay and Tanya, this family of 7 has been
 living on their boat for 10 years and have been cruising both the eastern and western islands of the Caribbean as well as Central America.  The blog focuses on their adventures and lessons learned, from their initial experiences after buying the boat to now being accomplished sailors.
I got a chance to sit with Tanya and talk about the transition from being a land based family with location based jobs to being able to move onto a boat and being to sail wherever the wind takes them.  The steps to being able to pursue a lifestyle like this are many and it takes a commitment and a true sense of purpose to push past many of the obstacles that come up to derail you.  But following that commitment through to completion has allowed them to live a life many dream about.
Please join us for a great conversation that just might get you thinking about setting sail yourself.
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