I started sailing as a twelve year old on Green Bay, the western arm of Lake Michigan where my home town of Menominee is located.
My first boat was a Snipe, the next one a Lightning.
Living aboard was not really my dream back then because the bay was frozen solid usually from December through most of April. I had not yet learned about warmer climates.
My first experience with living aboard was as a sailor on the destroyer USS Myles C. Fox.
I loved sea duty and got to see quite a bit of the world.
When I moved to Florida as a young man, sailing became a big part of my life.
You can sail 12 months of the year and I did. After many years, I became a guaranteed annual income for my dermatologist.
I began to want to live aboard, but with a family I was content to spend weekends and vacations on my boats.
After Hurricane Andrew devastated the areas south of Miami, I was transferred there two weeks later by my company and worked on the rebuilding effort. There was a huge housing shortage, and the company paid me to live aboard my CSY33, Silverheels. I lived at several south Florida marinas.
After that I sold Silverheels and moved to Melbourne, Florida and lived ashore for a time. Once again my job took me back to South Florida and this time I lived aboard my Island Packet 26MKII, AWOL, at various marinas in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami and Miami Beach.
AWOL and I finally ended up at Burnt Store Marina south of Punta Gorda, Florida, where I sold her.
For now, I've swallowed the anchor and am living in Mount Dora, Florida.
By Mike Miller, Copyright 2012-2021 Living-Aboard.com