About Us

First Mate

We are an older, “youngish” couple that has raised our children and had two great careers – she is an attorney and he is an engineer (EE). We’ve been successful in our respective careers, and now it is about time for us to cut the lines and sail away.

We own and sail a Morgan 41 Out Island sailboat. We are both working towards our plans for finishing our refit and sailing away into the South Pacific, where we will sail until we can sail no more. Motivations range from a love of sailing to an understanding that people cannot retire or even live as they once could in our country. We searched for several years for alternate ways of living and found that a sailboat would be the best use of our limited retirement funds. Now that we have found an alternate lifestyle that we can comfortably live, and will have the means to sail without the expense of a land-locked life, we are really excited to get started!

Our home – Sail Before Sunset

We’ve been planning our departure for about the past six years. There isn’t a day that goes by where we do not talk about our sailboat and our plans, and also lament about the reasons why we, and many others, have chosen an alternate lifestyle in order to be able to retire.

This site was inspired by a few things. First of all, we wanted a place to chronicle our adventures. Although we have another site that we have had for about five years, this site is a place where we will tell our stories as we voyage. Another inspiration for this site was a book written by Earl Hinz. Earl (55) and his wife Betty sailed their Morgan 41 Out Island (like ours) some 17,000 miles around the South Pacific, and the name of the book he wrote about his adventures was “Sail Before Sunset”. The title came from Betty when she told Earl 20130101_165241that they should partake on their dream before they were both too old to go. Hence they needed to sail before the sun sets on their lives. Our journey is much the same as theirs was. And who knows? We may end up sailing the same route at some point.

Update: We have retired and now live aboard full time.

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