Paid to Live the Dream: A Seafarer’s tale of life Afloat

Written by Anthony Edwards

From steam tugs on the Thames to yachts in the Med.
An entertaining and perceptive tale of working and living afloat.

  • Part 1.Yacht skipper Anthony Edwards entertains us with stories of his early life in 1950’s Gravesend, and tells of the momentous decisions that would change the course of his life.
  • An insightful account of working in the dangerous environment of Thames steam tugs in the 50’s and 60’s.
  • Christmas Eve in custody and other exploits and misunderstandings on trips to France and Spain, on what were precursors to modern package tours.
  • Part 2. An exciting change in direction, with a lucky break leading to a new life.
  • Navigating the French and Belgian canals en route for the Med in an ill-conceived and disastrous new pleasure yacht.
  • Is chartering meant to be like this? Charterers come in all types – perverted, demanding, terrified, selfish, and generous – but never boring.
  • Appreciating the S. of France life. The skiing, the parties, the food.

The book is a combination of travelogue and entertaining narrative about working on boats – but woven in there are insightful personal accounts of life and loves. From growing up in Gravesend in the swinging sixties and mixing with rough tearaways whose behaviour would most likely end them up in prison – to following intuition to escape to another life and another place. Some people might question whether climbing up a cliff face in the dark or being tossed around in a storm in the Bay of Biscay could be considered the dream, but at least he was doing what he wanted to do!


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