A young woman from Wisconsin gives up her hard-won “American Dream” and ends up with an old, 31-foot live aboard sailboat. In Florida, an aging fishing guide and combat veteran, who’s somewhat a gruff loner, realizes that life has gotten too routine and far too short. He owns an antique, 36-foot ketch. These two unlikely strangers cross paths and they decide to sail beyond the horizon, side by side. For over ten years, they traveled, seasonally, through parts of the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. Working class and not wealthy, they try to balance the unusual lifestyle of live-aboard cruising with the realities of earning a living.
A bond of trust and friendship gradually develops during their oft challenging journey. Both characters learn more about each other and themselves while discovering what’s truly meaningful in life. Together, they experience a wild variety of travel adventures from surviving storms and hurricanes to landing on strange, new shores. They also become immersed in the breathtaking beauty of our frail planet and learn about island cultures, history, and food.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The simple pleasure of sharing a true and interesting story. Also, it’s fun to inspire others who may be interested in embarking on their own travel adventure. If a working person, who is not wealthy by any means, can do what many believe only the rich are privy to (sailing away to exotic shores), than anyone can do it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The people in the book are real and we’ve met them on our journeys.
On Defiant’s deck and looking down at Squishy, I hesitated. Dark, tangled branches reared like claws over a black river of water. Something unseen behind us made a hoarse croaking noise and bugs, or perhaps tree frogs, trilled in the trees. The hot, humid air smelled heavily of brine. Silent lightning flashed in the distant skies.
“Uhm, I didn’t bring a flashlight,” I said, biting my lip. Bill ducked below, rustled about, and then returned.
“Here, use this, it’s a spare.” He clicked a small flash-light on and shone it toward Angel. Only about 50 yards away, her curvy yellow stern gleamed in the inky darkness down the channel. “Shine the light on the water,” Bill instructed. “Like this, see?”
“On the water?” Foot dangling, I began lowering myself into Squishy.
“Uh-huh, pay attention now,” Bill said, jiggling the flashlight. “There might be saltwater crocodiles out there and you have to be careful.”
“What!” I bounced back onto Defiant’s deck.
About the Author:
Rebecca Burg works as a marine engine mechanic and electrical technician, while writing boating articles on the side. She has published travel and marine how-to articles in Cruising World, SAIL Magazine, Southwinds Sailing, Good Old Boat, Latitudes and Attitudes, Destination Abaco, and Culture magazine. This is her first book.
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