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 Best Of Both Worlds

Donald and Seishu Bryden have found their nirvana on water and in the desert.

Photo of Donald and Seishu Bryden

We decided, when we retired, we wanted to be on the water and to travel, so we bought a low-maintenance house at Walker Lake, Nevada, about 4,000 feet above sea level. The weather isn't extremely hot in the summer or very cold in the winter, and the view from our house is of a natural lake in the desert. Beautiful!

To travel, we built a 45-foot ketch-rigged sailing boat and headed out of Oriental, North Carolina, in 2004. The first year we visited New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces. The second and third years we spent in the Caribbean. In 2007 we passed through the Panama Canal, and slowly continued west. We're now in Borneo and have visited 49 countries and logged 27,560 nautical miles. This life isn't for everyone, but it works for us. We return to Nevada at least once a year. We like living in the desert because the dry climate preserves our possessions, and we don't have to worry about a lawn to maintain. When we come home, we wash the windows and maybe pick up a few things that blew into our yard while we were gone, and then it's just like we left it.


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