28 Feet: Life on a Little Wooden Boat. This Is My Ideal Life, He’s Living It, This Film Hurts It’s so Good

This window into the life of a young sailor gives me such wanderlust and the hope of possibilities. David has followed his heart, and this (8:30 minute) film lets you join him there, out on the open seas of the Caribbean. You may just fall in love…either with the sailor life, or with him. Enjoy.

Doing it right, self-made sailor.

David Welsford living the dream as a sailor in his salvaged boat. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

“This is a short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap,” explains Kevin Afraser, the director and cinematographer.

“All through my life I’ve found little place to live, and when I was a kid I always built treehouses, and climbed trees and made forts. When I first walked into Lizzy Belle and looked her over, I was like, ‘this is the perfect fort,'” David said in the film’s intro.

“For me, what’s more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good.”

Cooking inside the boat

Cooking by oil light inside Lizzy Belle. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Sailing solo for the first time in the Caribbean was monumental for him.

“The first time I did a single handed crossing, I was sailing off the coast of Porta Rico, and I remember there was something going on with me emotionally, I had tears in my eyes. I couldn’t believe after two years I was finally doing my first single handed sail in the Caribbean. I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.”

Life on the Caribbean has turned out differently than David first expected. He started out hitting clubs at night, but got burnt out. “I realized life down here is about watching the sun rise, being part of the ocean.”

Being alone out in the middle of the ocean during a storm is part of the journey for a lone-sailor: “If there’s a problem, you’re on your own.”

But he has an almost animate relationship with his boat, Lizzy Belle, which comes as a great comfort. “After a really bad one, I’ll kiss her and say thank-you, you know? It feels so good to get out of that storm and into a nice safe harbor and drop your anchor.”

The life of a sailor

David Welsford thinks he’s one of the richest people in the world. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

David cherishes the knife his grandfather had passed onto him, a sweet sentiment, but it was also a practical induction into a man’s life, imparting the idea that a man can do it all himself, with a well sharpened knife and an bit of confidence.

This documentary captures perfectly the satisfaction of following a dream, after a couple of years of hard work and saving. It may turn into a complete lifestyle rather than just an experience—one that will definitely shape his future.



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