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  • File Size: 2442 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
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  • Publisher: Book Bums Publishing; 1 edition (June 25, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Pat Schulte grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and from the time he was a teen he wanted to be a trader. After college he pursued that dream and within a couple of years was a self-employed soybean options trader on the Chicago Board of Trade. He traded there successfully for four years before he and his wife, Ali, asked themselves one night, "What should we do with our lives?"

What followed has been a whirlwind of adventure. Pat and his wife quickly bought a sailboat and set off on a four year sail around the world. He'd never even been on a sailboat before, but inexperience didn't stop him. To learn you must do. When they completed their circumnavigation they climbed into a 1965 Porsche and entered a race across America. They won! Next up was a 1958 VW Bus, which they moved into and proceeded to drive from Alaska to Argentina, load aboard a cargo ship, and then drive all over Europe.

When it became time to have kids they went back to the U.S., but only long enough to climb back in their vintage Porsche and drive down to Mexico where they eventually had two children. They bought another sailboat and are currently sailing all over Mexico with their kids.

"How do you afford it?" was a question Pat was asked over and over again. So he decided to answer that question with a book. Live on the Margin is the result. Written to explain the lifestyle as well as how he trades in the stock market--not to get rich--but to afford a simple yet dream-like lifestyle where he wants and when he wants.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tao Jones on April 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
After having read the entire collection of logs that detail Pat and Ali Schulte's circumnavigation, as well as having purchased and read the book version of their voyage, these are my impressions:

- If you don't want to spend even the small e-book price to download the Schulte's book, you can just go to their site and read the archived cruising logs from their nearly four-year adventure. However, the print version is a considerable time-saver if you are primarily interested in the sailing portion of their circumnavigation.

- Pat has essentially condensed their voyage into 264 pages by omitting much of the narrative which dealt with their land travels in many of the countries they sailed to.

- Also omitted from the book are 99.9% of the log entries dealing with boat-related troubles.

- To tie the included log entries together, Pat has added text which helps to provide a fuller picture of the Schultes and their attitudes toward life, travel, sailing, eating, drinking, people-watching and other cruisers. That part can only be gotten through reading the book.

What stands out for me, finally, is that the Schultes, like many, many others, had the dream of sailing around the world, but they also possessed the uncommon fearlessness to actually do it. Through good fortune in the commodities markets, they obtained the wherewithal to pay cash for a less-than-year-old catamaran and, with less than zero experience sailing such a vessel, managed to sail it about 30,000 miles around the world and return to the very marina from whence they began their voyage - four years older and waaaay more than four years wiser.

Through it all, they never came to love sailing. For them, the itch they needed to scratch was to travel.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C Graves on August 19, 2013
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I was able to make it a little more than half way before giving up. Perhaps there is a grand enlightenment in the latter half but I couldn't wade any further. The author seems to enjoys baiting the sailing/cruising community by describing his willful incompetence. If you take the description of their experience level and journey at face value they were quite lucky to have had so few serious problems. More problematic is the derision and condescension the pair seem to have for just about every person encountered along the way. His description of cutting a fishermen's nets and lying about his actions was quite telling.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Caissie on September 17, 2012
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After reading the synopsis and some of the reviews, I was expecting a riveting tale about a couple undertaking an epic journey. Instead there were a lot of complaints about how boring it was when there wasn't much wind, how much they missed Taco Bell, and how unimaginative most "cruisers" are. The repeated sneering at those they encountered who didn't (or couldn't) completely give up their regular lives for several years in order to indulge in a whim to sail the world, was tedious. Even more annoying was the endless rhapsodizing about how wonderful it was to spend time in poor, dirty third world countries.

I had to force my way through the last third of the book, hoping that there would be some pay off, some epiphany or denoument; nope. In fact, all the couple gleaned from their journey was a realization that they wanted to continue bumming their way through life. They drove off into the sunset in a VW bus (seriously).

Out of curiosity, I went to their blog; reading the current month was more than enough.
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Early_BP on January 1, 2012
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I appreciate Pat's honesty, but both his ignorance and his hubris grate after the first chapter.

Pat Schulte reminds me of a much luckier Christopher McCandless (the Harvard Grad who decided to live in the wilderness, and starved to death due to his ignorance).

Pat and Ali are perpetually skirting injury and death, doing very stupid things because they don't know any better, and yet being too pig-headed to take it upon themselves to learn.

Their water-maker breaks at a time when they're not too far away from land. They have two gallons to get them the last 300 miles of their trip. Then, they don't seem to take any precautions when they make a three week passage across the Pacific.

They don't pay attention to tides, and try to go up a river during an ebb tide, and nearly kill themselves in the process.

They put their trust in their instrumentation, and don't think about what would happen if the systems break.

They don't seem to understand tacking or trimming, or really, anything related to sailing.

They eat a barracuda.

And they bitch the whole time about how boring the sailing is, how expensive the Marquesas are, how annoying the other cruisers are, and how their families really don't relate well to them. They sound like spoiled, ignorant elitists.

Hey, to each their own. If you want to be stupid and lucky, do it. But while you're glorifying your way of life, you're putting the people who follow you at risk.

I was saddened by Pat's poor attitude towards other cruisers. He calls them 'sheep'. He calls them judgmental and classless. He doesn't understand why anyone would want a monohull, use a compass or a windex or anchor next to another boat.
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