A story waiting to be told
Having finally put down my pen after over 2 years of writing ‘Paid to live the Dream’, the next stage was publishing the book and what an experience it was. The ever-present temptation to fiddle around altering things was difficult to resist, and the uphill nature regarding the ins and outs of publishing and marketing was a whole new ballgame. Without my wife, Marjie’s, researching and computing skills the book might never have been available. It was a story that had to be told because of the unbelievable events that we would never have expected on a new motor yacht. I have enjoyed writing the book, have learnt a lot in the process, made some new friends and rekindled old acquaintances.
It has long been an ambition of mine to write about my experiences on one particular yacht which I took through the French and Belgian canals to the French Riviera. I was to find out as the journey progressed that this was no ordinary yacht, and the events which evolved were not ordinary either. But as this was my first venture into skippering pleasure yachts, I wasn’t to know!
My life on boats started on Thames steam tugs when I was 15. I feel fortunate to have been part of the steam age, and Part 1 of the book describes what it was like to work in that demanding environment.