about justboatlife

Ahoy Sailors

I am Thomas Lyngesen, an avid boat-lifer embracing more of life on the water and taking delight in each aspect of the sweeping boatlife movement. I am a part-time sailboat dweller enjoying some of the dreamiest and most inspiring adventures in my rather old btu adequately equipped sailboat.

I earnestly view myself as an explorer of the seas who frequently wants to get out there and have my dose of adventure, finding hidden gems in secluded bays, small islands, charming marinas and historical seafarer harbors and towns.

Why sailing?

I always had an interest in sailing. My parents rented a sailboat for two weeks as summer holiday back in the late seventies. Especially my father’s interest was probably an inspiration for me. A lot of windsurfing was an introduction to sailing my own vessel and also trying out dinghy sailing, which I enjoyed a lot, but I didn’t invest the time – and really did not have the funds for it.

I have always followed the great ocean races and America’s Cup, match races, and Olympic sailing tournaments. And in later years I have started watching a lot of footage on different social media platforms.

And so being shown the wonders of the world in great videos and stunning pictures, amazing storytelling from around the world, I was intrigued by the sailors living the boatlife, and curious to find out if this was also for me.

Tempted by the adventures of living a nomadic lifestyle while travelling the world. And having the greatest respect for the courageous personalities, who dare to live out their dreams. These individuals are putting action behind their ideas, and are not just thinking about living their dream life – I hope to be able to call them fellow boatlifers in my near future.

For me, investing in my first ever sailboat was a big learning experience. There are a thousand things to learn, and honestly having sailed a little in my youth and talking to boat owners, I had that feeling ‘yeah, I got it’.

So there was no holding me back – I searched and invested – I was about to embark on my new life at sea, limited only by the world’s edge!

Well, to keep a long story short – that initial experience had it all. There were joyful moments, hard work, new things to learn, enthusiasm, but also frustration and doubt.

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And so being shown the wonders of the world in great videos and stunning pictures, amazing storytelling from around the world, I was intrigued by the sailors living the boatlife, and curious to find out if this was also for me.

Tempted by the adventures of living a nomadic lifestyle while travelling the world. And having the greatest respect for the courageous personalities, who dare to live out their dreams. These individuals are putting action behind their ideas, and are not just thinking about living their dream life – I hope to be able to call them fellow boatlifers in my near future.

For me, investing in my first ever sailboat was a big learning experience. There are a thousand things to learn, and honestly having sailed a little in my youth and talking to boat owners, I had that feeling ‘yeah, I got it’.

So there was no holding me back – I searched and invested – I was about to embark on my new life at sea, limited only by the world’s edge!

Well, to keep a long story short – that initial experience had it all. There were joyful moments, hard work, new things to learn, enthusiasm, but also frustration and doubt.

Freedom To Design Your Life

Boat life can be the life of unlimited freedom and adventure, where you set the agenda of what to do, and what not to do. Being a nomad on the water, you are your own captain, and you answer only to yourself – and the weather. This is only possible when travelling in your own home.

 

I have already met so many inspiring people, some of whom wish to make this giant leap, but are reluctant for various reasons. You have to weigh out the pros and cons of owning a boat. Especially, if you are going full-time without firm ground under your feet. I am not living on a boat full-time, but I love every minute of it when I do. And it is my clear goal to go there, full-time. I do have the luxury of being able to earn an income from home, or wherever I am. If you do not have that option, I dare to say, ‘You can have!’.

Simple Living

Living on a boat naturally limits the amount of things you can bring. It forces you to make decisions on what you really need. It encourages a minimalist lifestyle, which for me was an eye opening experience. Because, what do you really need?

Apart from the basic necessities on board, just bring a clear vision of who you are, an understanding of your core values. And some skills.

Sailing in an often super-optimized home, where every little detail is there for a purpose, you need to carefully plan where everything is stored. And you need the discipline to stowe things away again once you are done with them.

 

Respecting Nature

As a kid I had great pleasure in being a boy scout. Of course, at that time it was mostly the wildlife, living in tents, having bonfires – you know, cowboys and indians stuff. But I did take some basic values with me, that you obviously don’t need to have been a boy scout to embrace. Simple things like taking your trash with you – don’t litter in nature. Minimalist living is also respecting nature and the environment in general.

Then we can all quietly enjoy gazing at the sky only disturbed by the sound of harbour porpoises coming up for air.

 

Inspiration, Motivation and Information

I hope with this website to inspire you, dear reader, to pursue your dreams, and motivate you to go out there and live your life. It is probably the only one we have.

I will seek to inform you about everything around living on the water.

May you have fair winds and following seas.