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This is a wonderful story about a dream, determination, discipline, and courage. It's a gaze into the rat race tunnel, but it points the way out. Many will identify with it and take away something valuable. The author's narrative on life in the sun and sand and sea is mesmerizing. I loved this book.

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About the Author

Ed Robinson was a reporter and editor of a weekly newspaper, The Smyrna Times. He was also a contributing writer for The Mariner Magazine, a Maryland based publication covering all things boating and fishing. After twenty years working for a major utility, he quit his job and moved onto a boat. He and his wife Kim are somewhere on the west coast of Florida. Be sure to check out his second book Poop, Booze, and Bikinis, Amazon's number one bestseller in Boating.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478720921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478720928
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First things first, I love this book and highly recommend it!
Now that I got that out of the way here is the fun part..
My beautiful Girlfriend and I are newbie liveaboards in Punta Gorda Fl where Ed and Kim spend a lot of time (When they are not at pelican bay or out on some adventure). We met them and enjoyed their tales about boating and life and when I found out that Ed wrote a book I had to get my hands on a copy. It's not only a manual about how to make the switch from land lover to liveaboard, but it also has very well written accounts of some of their first major trips on Leap of Faith that kept me up way to late, I kept telling myself just one more chapter! The book is full of motivating passages and practical advice about how to be happy with less. I really wish I had this book before I made my move, it would have made a big difference in my choices, but I am glad I got it while I am still relatively new to this.
All in all I really can't recommend this book enough, it is far more interesting than any other book on this subject that I have ever found. This book is a great book that you can't read just once and I hope Ed has more to come!
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It was going along interestingly. I have to admire the author for making a plan for his life and then executing the plan. That part of this short read is inspiring. However there were a few things about the book that lowered the quality.

First of all, there were numerous misspellings and other errors, particularly at the end of the book. Not uncommon in self-published books. I'm pretty used to it now. Some online bookstore called it well-edited and proofed. They obviously didn't read it. This should be fixed since it is an epub book. There really isn't any excuse.

Next, some will find the chapter where he pretty much goes all "Glenn Beck" very off-putting. He implies that the reason you should up and quit work is that the world has gotten so screwed up there isn't anything else logical to do. Well, maybe in one man's opinion, but there are many reasons one might enjoy cruising about. There have been doomsday prophets since the beginning of time and plenty of people heading off to the mountain top to await the implosion of society but it just doesn't happen. So skip that chapter. Several reviewers have pointed this out, but if you are like minded, read on. If not, skip that chapter. It's his book and he can write what he wants, but you don't have to read it. You have been warned.

Lastly, he kind of over-does the use of song lyrics to justify/illustrate his transformation. If you've ever listened to a Jimmy Buffet album (and who hasn't?) you can skip most of these. His favorite singer is a guy named Jim Morris and many of the quotes come from his songs. I don't know if Jim Morris or Jimmy Buffet came first but if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, somebody has been smooching someone's southern parts.

Anyway, it was a decent read but I've read better in a similar vein. I really enjoyed "Breaking Seas: An overweight, middle-aged computer nerd buys his first boat, quits his job, and sails off to adventure".
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The first few chapters were lightly entertaining and promised more, but there was only one sailing story, and it turns out he has a trawler and ends up complaining too much. He basically took the Dave Ramsey Financial Freedom Course and applied it to being a Boat Bum. Around chapter 20 he goes off on some tirade that is supposed to expose me to something, probably political. The only thing I got from the book is that I wasted $3.99 - don't make the same mistake. Oh and Jim Morris is no Jimmy Buffet.
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If you are looking for a book about someone burnt out from a middle management east coast job that decides to live on board a comfortably sized 36 foot MOTOR boat (no sail) with high maintenance and run costs.....who admits himself that he does not know that much about boating after about 20 chapters....that does not leave the Southwest Florida waters.... brags at long detail about drinking beer and rum at happy hour EVERY DAY....(while I am at it) brags about how awesome he and his life is at every opportunity…….berates the reader repeatedly for not making the same decisions...goes on stream of conscience mindless political diatribes...uses obscure text references from a Jimmy Buffet wannabe...publisher does not check spelling or grammar....shows little appreciation and respect for the Coast Guard and the man hours and costs they invested in a search and rescue to find him based on a little bad luck combined with lack of experience and poor communication….claims after 30 months "on water" (if you consider sitting in southwest Florida drinking rum and beer on a 36 foot house boat "on water") that he is an example for the masses aspiring to be life sailors.

You have found the perfect book.

If you are looking for a book of long year experience around sailing in any form, start-up and run costs of living on waters, check lists and voice of experience in choosing a sailors life, things done right, learning experiences from which others could benefit.

You should look elsewhere. I should have. If anyone has suggestions, please send a comment.

p.s. To be fair, "The Plan" of four steps to financial freedom is good common sense that everyone should consider.
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