A very very interesting one.....and one I think about most days!
I have several times quit my job with nothing to do, had several months off (for various reasons) then found my back to mostly what always have done.
The best of these moments was when I ended up working for Steve
( if only we had all round summer I'm sure we would all be doing it !)
Anyhow....my friend Simon ( usual crew on Streaker - who you have met) did take a jump, After doing the whole London thing working in marketing he ended up working eberspacher (?) - the ones who claim to use 60% of you diesel to heat you boat , but even then didnt really like it ...so worked himself nearly to death and started painting and decorating - now a general builder / project manager type job self employed etc . He is good at it as he is reliable, honest , trust worthy and can hold a decent conversation- his words 'things he finds a lot of the 'trades' fail in' .
I'd love to follow him and when I see the follow your dreams type quotes would love to be able to do - but life, kids, bills and risks mean I just dont think I'll ever be able to. However ......its not so bad ....I have a nice little RIB and SIB, have met the nicest people as a result, made some great mates that dont care how big my engine is anymore and had wonderful times on the water that are actually priceless. I can't do it every day, but when I pull out of the motorway services on Tuesday morning and see a certain 'C2' van (Ian also getting a coffee
) - we are both in the same place at the same time-both working hard doing differant things.
I know there are days full time skippers wish they were warm inside and days I sit in in office or car or train wishing I wasn't
I think much much harder to change now than even 10-15 years ago due to pressure on wages/ income/pensions and property prices etc