Sail Loot Podcast 047: Nica Waters, Go Simple, Go Now

By on March 17, 2017

I met Nica Watters at the 2016 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD. I was walking around looking for people that I knew, and I figured that I would find Jamie and Behan at the Lin and Larry Parday Books (L & L Parday Books) booth promoting the book that Behan helped write, Voyaging With Kids: A Guide to Family Life Afloat.

Low and behold, Jamie and Behan were right where I expected them to be. Jamie had his S/V Delos t-shirt on. They were answering the questions of a couple that was planning on cruising with their kids in a few years and Behan noticed me standing there, listening to their answers with a big smile on my face.

Nica was huddled under the tent with the rest of us, staying out of the rain, and helping to promote the books of Lin & Larry Parday and a mantra of “go simple, go now.” She and Behan are also admins for the Women Who Sail Facebook Group. They hadn’t actually ever met in person before October 2016.

Jamie and Behan asked about my boat search and my cruising plans. Of course, Nica overheard all of this and was a little concerned when I started talking about the possibilities of a 45ft sailboat…for only me and Barley, my awesome dog. She had to stop me, and start explaining the “go simple, go now” mantra and how her and her family of four set sail on their 28ft Bristol Channel Cutter, S/V Calypso.

Calypso Sailing on a Port Tack

The Waters Family

Calypso’s Port Foredeck Looking Forward from Cockpit

Calypso Sailing

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A Few Things You’ll Learn about Nica Waters and her Sailing Money in this episode:

  • Nica Waters the wellness coach and using sailing as a metaphor.
  • Nica’s High School bestie is an olympic sailor
  • Meeting Jeremy, her husband, through sailing in college.
  • How buying a boat and going sailing after college was the best proposition that Jeremy could’ve come up with over pizza and beer.
  • Working for Sail Caribbean for a couple of summers in the BVI and Leeward Islands.
  • Nica and Jeremy’s first cruise on S/V Calypso, their 28′ Bristol Channel Cutter, from 1994 to 1997.
  • Saving to sail by picking up old college furniture from the curbside.
  • Jeremy’s passage planning and weather routing website
  • The rough budget for their first cruise.
  • Finding and purchasing Calypso.
  • Where they traveled on their first cruise.
  • Taking their kids with them on their 2nd cruise.
  • Going small, or without all of the unnecessary luxuries that break and require maintenance, but going now.
  • Their plans to go on another, longer cruise across the South Pacific.
  • How they’ve saved and plan to help pay for college tuition for their son and daughter.
  • Insuring Calypso.
  • The question about health insurance.
  • Their monthly budgets for all of their trips and what they’re budgeting for their future adventures.
  • And much more!

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About Teddy

I am a 37 year old that just wants to find a way to make a remote income, gather some Sail Loot and cruise the world! I have been sailing for a couple of years now, but mostly on 10 day trips as vacationing crew. I just recently took sailing to the next level by completing my Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising Certifications! I am also Vice President of a Medical Consulting Company, have a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and have taken several Coding, Computing, and Online Business courses. It's time to share what I have learned!

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