For twelve glorious years, Buford and Jerry Beach lived on and sailed their yacht "Beachhouse". The couple began their trip in Canada and then traveled extensively from one side of the southern hemisphere to the other. Along the way, they meet other yachters and locals who became part of their extended family.
Happy Hour in Paradise is actually put together by the couple's daughter Coral. She has included maps, letters, and antidotes along with some commentary about her parents and their journey. Surprisingly, neither of her parents were sailors before they made their decision to build a yacht, sell their house, and travel full time. Nonetheless, Buford and Jerry managed quite well. Of course, there was a lot of hard work involved but they always had ample time to spend with family and friends.
Perhaps this was the thing that interested me most about this couple. Many retirees that become full time sailors find the experience isolating. Moreover, after a year or two most people can't sustain the effort it takes to keep a boat in working condition. Yet, the accounts in this book illustrate that this couple had a very busy social life. The couple easily made friends with other sailors and the locals. Happy hour was strictly set in place each night. Their children and grandchildren also visited fairly regularly.