Ever daydream about what it's like to quit your job, sell your house and most of your possessions, say good-bye to your neighbors, and set sail with your family-permanently? Tom and Mel Neale left their 9 to 5 world nearly two decades ago and never looked back. Now their neighborhood is a Chesapeake Bay cove, or a secluded Bahamian beach, or anywhere else they choose to anchor. And along the way they raised two daughters. It's not all a vacation: Instead of living to work, they work to live, but they make time for adventure and play, too. Here's everything you need to know to follow them: Choosing the right boat; Provisioning for long-term cruising; Getting along in close quarters; Learning what you can leave behind; Earning a living-and how to hold on to the money; What to expect in the cruising life, and how to handle it; Preparing the crew and boat; Raising-and educating-kids; Keeping in touch; Making the ocean your backyard.