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.

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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.”

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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.

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Watch the short documentary below:

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.

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