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Man Quits Job And Lives Adventurously Tiny in Sailboat

David Welsford let go of most of his belongings, bought a sailboat and started living in it adventurously while traveling the world with it. “For me more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good,” says David.

It’s a 28′ sailboat that’s around 50 years old that he restored himself. He takes soap showers on the boat and jumps into the salt water to rinse off. You can see him doing his dishes below. Please enjoy and re-share this inspiring sailboat living story (and watch the video) below. Thank you.

Man Lives Adventurously in his 28′ Sailboat


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  • Marsha Cowan
    January 21, 2015, 8:23 pm

    That looks like it would be such an adventure. It would take some discipline, too, to man a moving vessel while taking on everyday living. I am impressed. The boat is beautiful. The life is fascinating. Do you get sea sick? Are you lonely sometimes? Is it hard to plan for enough meals and non food stuff in between stops ashore? There would be lots of variables at play here, but I admire you for doing it and for doing it so well! You’re great!

    • Daniel
      January 21, 2015, 9:32 pm

      If you or anyone is interested in sailing, check out Cruisers Forum. Lots of sailors there along with SailNet. Lots of good info to research.

  • January 21, 2015, 9:27 pm

    I’m a boater. I have a sailboat that’s about the same size as the one in this video. This video has been floating around on a couple sailing forums for a while. I have seen it so many times. I would love to live this way on the water. It’s so peaceful out on the water with nothing but the sound of waves on the hull and wind filling the sails.

  • Karen R
    January 23, 2015, 3:31 pm

    Follow your dream!

  • Josh
    January 23, 2015, 5:35 pm

    This guy makes you realize how much you want to live his lifestyle without you knowing it until you watch that video. He looks invigorated!

  • Kate
    January 23, 2015, 5:47 pm

    At one point I was going to live on a boat too. Told my ex that either we stop talking about it and DO it, or we needed some acreage in the country. We then moved from Miami to central FL. I still wish we got the boat…the water’s call is still there. This was back in 1978. Now I am at a crossroad. Live on the intercoastal waterways or a lit’ further north and west.

  • Trish
    January 23, 2015, 9:50 pm

    I don’t swim, so this one is not for me, unless I’m wear a life vest 24/7. But I do think it would be a wonderful adventure.

  • Sharon
    January 24, 2015, 12:10 pm

    David, You totally rock living in nature!! Takes great courage to move contrary to what used to be the American Dream! When a person is totally at peace with themselves, comfortable in their own skin, and lives their dream, there can only be a satisfied life! I know because I sold it all and now live in the South American Andes. Beautiful boat! Great job!!

  • Eric T.
    January 24, 2015, 11:27 pm

    There is a gem of a book, called “Sailing the Farm”, which details how to live on a sailboat in a sustainable way, distilling sea water with the sun, sprouting seeds, etc. Gather up fruit in the tropics and dry it, fish for salmon in the north. Trade stuff between zones for money!

  • SeaBorn
    January 29, 2015, 4:00 pm

    I had a 28’ter that I lived on for years with my ex-wife. She, I and my 9 month old son cruised from Florida to the Chesapeake and points beyond on it.. My son was almost 2 before he could walk without holding on to something.. He used to scoot down halls hanging onto the wall.. “One hand for yourself and one for the ship..” The boat was only 8 feet wide. If something didn’t float you didn’t really need it.. To clean all you had to do was put everything on deck and go below with a garden hose and turn on the bilge pump.. and have a rum or two while things dried out… Boats are a lot of upkeep.. but they do provide a lot of enjoyment…

  • Sonya
    April 6, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Just tell David that I Love him! 🙂

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