Paul and Jackie (AKA 'Anchor Girl') are a husband and wife team who have been enjoying extended cruising aboard their past four boats for over 15 years. Currently they are on 'Boogaboo IV', a 40' Sea Ray Sedan Bridge, having lots of fun with that beauty since purchasing and driving it nearly 700 miles - through two countries - to it's new home, back in 2010.
Living for the weekends and summer holiday voyages on the boat were the times they looked forward to above everything else. Times were good.
Everything changed in late 2012, as life threw them an unexpected turn when Paul was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As you could imagine, learning about the worst case scenarios of what MS could bring, coupled with a nasty stretch of very unpleasant and downright scary symptoms at the outset of the disease, had a profound impact on them.
After a difficult period of coming to terms with this new reality and doing some serious soul searching, they decided to not simply roll over and give in to the disease, but rather fight it and take back their lives. Coming through this trying time led to a profound new meaning to what Paul had professed many times over the years; life is short so enjoy it now, you never know what you've got until it's gone and all the other sayings that are supposed to make one consider how precious the good days are.
Today, after forging through to what Paul calls 'The Other Side' of the initial dark days of MS, things are much better. A hard reality learned and a completely new outlook on life resulted in their commitment to sell their house and move full time aboard their beloved Boogaboo. After years of just talking about some vague, elusive date when that they might be able to actually move full time to a boat, the reality was finally coming true. As much as MS had brought them down, this new adventure outweighed it by many, many times!
Now they would be able to pursue new experiences. Not wanting to merely pass time on the boat, they continue to look forward to discovering what's around the next corner and venturing to new and wonderful places.
With 'Boogaboo IV' being based in the Great Lakes region, winter boating is not an option. So, what does this fun seeking pair do when the boat gets tucked away in the fall? Head south, of course :-)
Florida had been another place that could only be enjoyed for a few short days each winter. Now, with the lines of their old, everyday life cast off, living the beach life through the winter is one more part of the new reality.
To help make all this financially viable Paul continues to expand on his writing and video production pursuits. After working his whole adult life with his hands, he looks forward to enriching his creative outlets. You can read what he has to say about the work that he has authored on the Services Page. Jackie brings a woman's touch to the team by designing all of the items in the Boogabooster Store, as well as helping to curate their social media sites.
Paul and Jackie invite you to follow them as they follow the sun, live life for themselves and keep on Livin' The Dream :-)
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