Is this the new Australian dream? Couple sells up to sail away

MANY would call it the great Australian dream: packing up the corporate life and sailing off into the sunset.

And for Raylene Symons, her partner Steven Lucas and 14-year-old son Harrison, of Mountain Creek, it’s about to become a reality.

Raylene said one day, she and Steven just thought “why not?”.

After eight months and much deliberation, they bought a boat and are making it happen.

The couple is by no means experienced sailors, but have no doubts about making this dream happen.

“Since that decision, we’ve been absolutely going flat out to transition to this boat lifestyle,” Raylene said.

“We’re coming out of the corporate rat race into this lifestyle of sitting back and relaxing.”

This weekend they’re selling almost everything they own in a garage sale in preparation for their adventure which is expected to kick off in April.

“Our plan is to try out the Queensland Coast for three to four months, sailing through the Whitsundays,” Raylene said.

“After that, we’re off overseas, out to New Caledonia, to Fiji and through to Tonga through the end of the season.

“Then a lot of boats come down to New Zealand in cyclone season where we might pick up some contract work if we need to.”

Raylene is a freelance writer and is hoping to continue helping businesses while enjoying the sea life but Steven will be taking long service leave.

She said they would come back for Christmas before setting off around the world.

“The wonderful thing about cruising is you don’t really know what will happen next,” Raylene said.

“The weather and wind play such a huge role in cruising.”

She said she was already loving the boating lifestyle before they had even set off.

“Everyone always stops for a chat,” she said.

“This doesn’t happen these days. Everyone’s usually too busy.

“But when you step into this boating world, everyone is interested in what you’re doing and where you’re going.

“It’s a beautiful change.”

Raylene wondered why more people didn’t take up this lifestyle.

“There’s a perception I think that it’s not achievable for the average person – that you have to be wealthy to own a boat,” she said.

“But we will cut our living cost down to a quarter.

“It’s all solar-power and wind-generated.

“We’ll be living a minimal-impact lifestyle.”

This post was originally published by the Sunshine Coast Daily. 


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