Megan and Rob are a pair of adventure seekers who are working hard to create the life of their dreams: living on a sailboat and exploring Alaska, working online and starting their own filmmaking company. All while continuing to actively explore their surroundings on bikes, in kayaks, in wetsuits, and hanging from climbing ropes.
The couple bought a sailboat in April 2015 up in Juneau, Alaska and they’ve been living on it ever since. For the first couple of years they plan to stay docked in Juneau during the week so that Megan can work at her job as a dental hygienist, while Rob has already secured location independent online work, working for a soil and water testing company. Once they’ve paid down their student debt, and paid off the boat, they plan to sail around the world. For now, they explore on the weekends and when they’re on vacation.
They’ve made a lot of changes to their boat, a 1979 Cal 31 #10 hull, to turn it into a cozy little home. Megan sewed a canvas bimini top for their cockpit to provide shade, they installed flexible solar panels and a small wind turbine to create their own power, and they added a Kimberly wood stove to keep the boat toasty, warm, and dry in the winter months.
Living on a sailboat isn’t without it’s challenges. The couple had no idea how to sail when they bought their boat, so they spent quite a lot of time during their first year afloat learning how to sail. They also say the cold weather can be quite challenging because the boat is always damp inside. It’s important to be flexible and easy going in order to be successful at living aboard a sailboat, Megan says. You can’t have too many expectations or be attached to deadlines.
On a recent month-long trip, Venture Lives had beautiful adventures sailing to Skagway, Glacier Bay, and hiking the Chilkoot Trail.
Megan and Rob have a YouTube channel where they share beautiful footage of their liveaboard adventures. Their channel is called Venture Lives and you can check it out here:
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