"An excellent and practical step-by-step manual to help prepare you for the cruising lifestyle and to entertain you as you learn." - "Cruising World". Dreaming of leaving the 9-to-5 world and going cruising? Here's the definitive handbook from a family who did all in the same boat - is one family's testament to the belief that you can lead your own life. For the Neales, moving aboard was a way to take control of their world and their environment. Here is how they did it, and how you can do it too, with hard-won tips, practical suggestions, and life lessons on how to: choose and prepare the right boat; provision for long-term cruising; learn what you can leave behind; raise - and educate - kids; get along in close quarters; know what to expect in the cruising life; earn a living, and hold onto the money; keep in touch while making the ocean your backyard; and, live with the comforts of home while anchored in paradise."Not only must-reading for anyone planning to live aboard, it also is a valuable resource for weekend and vacation cruisers...An entirely engaging and insightful volume." - "Rhode Island Boating".