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The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean

Before you chuck your apartment to live on a boat, heed the wisdom of a man who lives alone at sea.

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Kevin A. Fraser

David Welsford doesn't pay rent or have a full-time job. Instead, he lives on a 50-year-old wooden boat. A few years ago, he gave up the luxuries of land for life alone in the sea. "For me, what's more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good," he says.

This short documentary explores Welsford's unique, maritime lifestyle, and the sacrifices that arise along the way—from romantic relationships to finances. "There's always a way to make money. There's always a way to live," Welsford says. "If I have enough to go and have a beer and I have enough to go to the grocery store, if I can put enough diesel in the tanks of the boat, then I think I'm one of the richest people in the world."

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.

About the Authors

  • Chris Heller is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. He has also written for NPR, Washington City Paper, and Metro Weekly.
  • Nadine Ajaka writes and produces for Atlantic Video.