Sharing A Love For The Water


The Boating Retirees

Edited By Ann Dermody
Published: October/November 2013

Whether planned or by chance, these retirees have incorporated boating into their golden years in fun and unusual ways.

The Business Of Boating

For Barbara and Jim Carey, retirement is a new business in North Carolina.

Photo of Barbara and Jim Carey

A few years before retirement, my husband and I were in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where we took a dolphin cruise. Jim sized up the business and said: "I can do that!" And then he did. When we retired at 55, we moved to coastal North Carolina and created a small sailing charter business, which we called Endless Summer. We have a harbor tour out of Southport, which often includes spotting dolphins; we traverse the Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Fear River, and Atlantic Ocean during our sail. We've been doing this for 11 years now. In order to make this happen, Jim needed to get his captain's license, which he did immediately upon retirement. Then we needed to find a boat. After about a year, we settled on a 38-foot Hunter Legend sloop that Jim found in Miami.

We love taking people out, telling them about Southport and the local waters, and making contact with the freighters that come through the shipping channel on their way to and from the Port of Wilmington. Jim is an active retiree and volunteers in many ways, but sailing tops his list of things to do. I taught elementary school before retiring, and Jim worked in various positions for the federal government. I could never have imagined a retirement as wonderful as the one we have.


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