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Leap of Faith: Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat Paperback – September 5, 2013
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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!
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".
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thinking about downsizing and living on boat. This book may be what's needed to push us over the edge and do it!Published 3 days ago by James M. Breitinger
The simplicity in which this book is written is fantastic! It's really helped me to re-examine my compass and course correct my heading. Thank you Ed.Published 5 days ago by T. Eddings
The message is clear and inspirational but if you're looking for details they're not here. Do follow the main message to get started and it will provide options galore. Read morePublished 6 days ago by viaje
This book has changed my life! Lots of great info and how to in it! Highly recommend this book!Published 19 days ago by cassie
'Tis an unfortunate thing that anyone with a computer can produce a book these days. There used to be standards in the publishing industry ... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Diane Wiley
Good read. Opens ones existence to a number of questions. This is something anyone of us could do. Whether on the water or some place secluded and away from the city.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer Doug
This is my most favorite book ever!!! Good messages in it, entertaining, and inspirational!!! We should all take a"leap of Faith".Published 1 month ago by Blain Searle
Nice story that probably would have made a better article than a book but I would recommend reading it for anyone who wants to dump their way of life and try something new. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JD