David Welstord gave up everything—his possessions, job, social life, modern amenities—to travel the world on a sail boat in search of happiness and adventure. His journey was so remarkable that filmmaker Kevin A. Fraser decided to make a short documentary about his incredible life called Twenty Eight Feet: Life on a Little Wooden Boat.
David, a Nova Scotia native, found a 50-year-old boat that’s 28 feet long in a scrap yard and spent two years making her seaworthy again. Once his boat—he christened her Lizzy Bell—was ready, he set out to sea to find his fortune.
David says he’ll remember the exhilaration he felt when he set out on his first single-handed sail “for the rest of his life.”
What does he do to earn money? "Once you figure out how to make enough, then go do the things that make you happy. There’s always a way to make money. There’s always a way to live.”
He admits that it’s not easy—there are no regular hot showers with fresh water and he eats a lot of canned food because Lizzy Bell doesn’t have a fridge, but he’s content, even though he doesn’t know where he’s going or when his journey will end.