Ahoy from float­ing home

Liv­ing out re­tire­ment on the seas

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

A BEER­WAH cou­ple sold their home and trav­elled to the Mediter­ranean to buy a yacht and live aboard in their re­tire­ment.

Barry and Aannsha Jones are sea­soned trav­ellers who have lived and worked in many coun­tries.

When their son moved to the bright lights of Bris­bane they be­came empty nester's with a dream to have a big ad­ven­ture “be­fore old age re­duced their hori­zons”.

“Old age is com­ing for us all and we wanted to travel and see some more of the world be­fore we got too old,” Barry said.

“Tak­ing our home with us seemed like the best way to do long term trav­el­ling.”

Hav­ing no pre­vi­ous sail­ing his­tory didn’t put a stop to their plans.

They un­der­took an in­ten­sive three-week sail­ing course in Gibraltar and earned their day skip­per li­cences and be­gan their new chap­ter of life sail­ing the seas in De­cem­ber 2017.

Through­out their trav­els aboard their float­ing home, the cou­ple have vis­ited many places in­clud­ing Greece, where they are cur­rently docked.

They said their favourite “so far” was Tur­key.

“What a beau­ti­ful coun­try. The coast­line, the an­cient his­tory, the peo­ple. Ev­ery­thing has a wow fac­tor,” Aannsha said.

As sea­soned trav­ellers they have en­dured many chal­lenges, but noth­ing like one month af­ter sail­ing out of the ma­rina for the first time.

“The moor­ing ball we were on failed at 10.30 at night (and) our boat ended up get­ting thrown onto the rocks out­side the har­bour wall at Javier in Spain,” Barry said.

But if ev­ery­thing goes to plan the cou­ple ex­pect to be sail­ing up the Bris­bane river

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AHOY: Barry and Aannsha Jones sold their home in Aus­tralia with plans to sail into their re­tire­ment.

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