What it’s like to quit your job and sail around the world

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Ever felt like giving up your day job and sailing around the world? Well, that’s exactly what Caribbean born, Australian raised seafarer Joshua Knox did.

We spoke with the blogger and adventurer about what inspired him to set sail, and why a person’s dream should be their greatest priority.

Trident Marine: Tell us about how you started your ocean adventures?

Joshua Knox: Buying a yacht and going sailing was something I was always deeply drawn to for some reason. I didn’t come from a sailing or outdoorsy family but it was always there – that love for the ocean and longing to travel.

When I was younger books were my escape and inspiration, until I could make my own way. I’ve worked on boats or under the water all my working life. When the time came to fulfill my dream and buy my own boat it was one of the surest feelings I’ve ever had.

TM: On your blog, you include some great quotes about the lure of the ocean. Why do you think humans are so lured to the sea?

JK: I think humans are lured to things that are bigger than themselves – the ocean, mountains, space. They fascinate, scare and inspire us, all at the same time. Some people are drawn more strongly to one element over another, and those drawn to the sea have a special relationship to it. It is a living, breathing part of us that sometimes can’t be explained, just accepted.

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Trident Marine: How did your journey aboard Kuhela begin? When did you set sail?

JK: My journey with Kuhela began at the end of 2012 when I flew to Florida to find a yacht to buy. It took a few months of looking but when I found Kuhela I knew right away she was the right boat for me.

She was in great condition, but there were a few big jobs that needed tackling, and other bits and pieces needed for extended cruising. It took me a few months, but I finally set sail for Cuba in June 2013.

TM: What’s the scariest or most challenging thing you’ve had to deal with at sea?

JK: I think the scariest thing I’ve had to deal with was nearly getting run over by a large ferry off Cuba. It changed course just as I came off watch and went downstairs to wake the other crewmember. I glanced up out of the window and it was nearly on top of us. I bolted back up to the wheel and only just managed to get out of the way. I don’t think they even saw me.

There have been many challenges along the way, most teach you lessons about yourself and your boat, and I’m better off for most of them. Some I could have done without though [laughs].

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TM: Any advice for other people thinking about packing up and setting off into the deep blue?

JK: Do it! Your dream is possible. Whatever that is, that thing you know you have to do with your short time here, make it a priority and work towards it. Don’t let yourself or anyone else talk you out of it.

TM: Anything else you’d like to share?

JK: Yes, I think for me, setting off sailing and challenging myself was a type of initiation into manhood, and it took me until 30 to achieve that. In past times and cultures young men would be sent out to face some challenge or hardship on their own, and by passing this test they proved to themselves and to their people that they were adult and ready to fill that role.

This has been largely lost now and replaced by getting drunk and being made a fool of. I think so many young men are lost in that stage of boyhood and need direction and constructive challenges to help mold and shape them to live to their full potential. It’s something I’d like to somehow promote and be a part of, somehow.

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To stay up to date with Josh’s adventures, head to his blog – Sails and Sandals. You can also read more stories of people making a life on or around the ocean in our blog.

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