How I Threw My Life Overboard and Found Happiness at Sea

By Mary South

Good seamanship isn't the thoughtless instinct that salty dogs make it seem to be. It's the good habit of always asking yourself the right questions in the right order and answering them thoughtfully." – Mary South

Every woman, at some point or another, considers the possibility of doing a complete overhaul on her life. The idea of pursuing something more adventurous and less predictable than regular carpools and office casual Fridays can be both riveting and relieving. But with age often comes complacency, and there is a human tendency to accept and settle into the comfortable and the commonplace. This is exactly why Mary South’s book, The CURE for ANYTHING is SALT WATER is so inspiring and jaw-dropping for the audacity of her decisions.

Mary is a successful forty-year-old woman with a significant career in publishing and an impressive home in Pennsylvania. By all accounts she is living the great American Dream. However, South feels there is something missing in her life and she musters the courage to go out and find it – at sea. She revamps her life by quitting her prestigious job as an editor, selling her secure house and embarking into the unknown; and hence, an amazing adventure begins.

South heads to Florida to spend nine weeks (and $6,000) in seamanship school and when she encounters her first set back (she fails her mid-term exam) she stoically renews her determination and completes the course. She purchases a 40 foot, 30 ton steel trawler christened the Bossanova and starts her journey along the eastern Atlantic seaboard with her two Jack Russell terriers and her friend, John.

The story is about finding meaning in life and relinquishing the “tried and true” for the romance of unknown. South encounters many unexpected adventures, even a heterosexual encounter; South is for a confirmed lesbian. Well-written, honest and engaging; the account proves that any woman has the capacity to be, “The master of her fate and the captain of her ship.”