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Want to be the ultimate digital nomad? Work from your yacht

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A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work, they say. But what if you can do both? Such is the case for some industrious seafarers who have launched and sustained successful careers while being liveaboards on their boats. Here, meet four of these globe-trotters.

For Darsy, 35 and Ellison, 39, it all started with an angry goose, which landed him in the emergency room with a dislocated shoulder and broken socket. It was here that he stumbled upon an article about a couple who had sold everything to buy a sailboat and travel.

“Although we had never sailed before, we decided then and there that sailing as a lifestyle sounded like a fun idea,” said Darsy.

In June 2018, they set out from their home port in Stockholm, building up their sailing experience. Ellison became a freelance aviation consultant and Darsy worked as a digital marketer before their YouTube channel became her full-time gig.

At first, Ellison had to field a barrage of questions on how he’d get his work done and had to negotiate how much he would be on the boat versus going into an office. Ellison was able to raise capital several times while on the boat, which supported the company through a tremendous growth phase.

YouTubers Sophie Darsy and Ryan Ellison inside their sail boat.
YouTubers Sophie Darsy and Ryan Ellison pack tons of snacks for their never-ending sail trips.
Sophie Darsy

They love the “absolute freedom” of organizing their days however they please. “There is this cliche image that our friends have of us, lying in our cockpit with our feet on the table and computers on our lap, surrounded by palm trees and crystal-clear blue waters, and it’s true a lot of the time,” said Darsy, but added that it can be like “two people working from a bathtub,” since finding privacy aboard a 40-foot ship during meetings and facing inclement weather can be tricky.

After three years, the couple has found financial stability, “so who knows how long it will last,” said Darsy. “Moving on a boat has taught us that we should first choose the lifestyle that we want, and then find a way to financially support this lifestyle.”

An outside of view of a boat.
YouTubers Sophie Darsy and Ryan Ellison enjoy the “absolute freedom” of traveling while working from their laptops.
Sophie Darsy

Eugenie Alder, Deckee

Alder, 44, and her husband Paul, 51, an IT consultant, both grew up boating and sailing.

“Our careers kept us busy, but we raced in regattas and did mile building/skipper certifications. There was always the idea to go sailing someday. We’ve always traveled and relocated multiple times. We like to change scenery,” said Alder. “When we moved to Sydney, we decided that if nothing else, the boat would get plenty of use around the harbor.”

Eugenie Alder, 44, head of products at Deckee
Eugenie Alder says she and her husband are no strangers to sailing.
Eugenie Alder

When they ultimately decided to move aboard the ship permanently, the transition was seamless for Alder, since she’d been based in her home office since the early aughts.

She described working from their boat as fairly similar to working on land, but “there is no dedicated office/workspace as such, so you have to be very disciplined and able to focus amidst inevitable distractions.”

Eugenie Alder, 44, head of products at Deckee
Eugenie Alder says good concentration and discipline are essential to working in a remote environment.
Eugenie Alder

The family intends to live on the boat indefinitely circumnavigating the world. Her advice: “If you have a boat, move aboard now. If you plan on buying a boat, move aboard as soon as you have it. Everything else will fall into place.”

Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn, Sail Luna LLC

This husband-and-wife duo were living in Florida when they decided to quit their corporate careers — 40-something Fabi was an analyst at a wealth management firm and Nim, 50, was the chief technology officer of an IT company — to launch their private sailing vacation company in 2019.

Before they met three years ago, Nim had owned other boats and lived onboard. Once they met, they sailed to Florida together and a few months later got married, living on Nim’s boat.

Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn of Sail LUNA LLC
Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn were dedicated to corporate careers before venturing into their own company.
Sail LUNA

Feeling stifled by corporate life, Nim suggested the idea of starting their own crewed yacht charter business.

At first, working aboard felt like a big shift.

“We would have meetings, but we could have a cocktail in our hands, enjoy the most amazing views and we could jump into the clear blue water for a break,” Fabi said.

A view of a 2019 Lagoon 450S model used by Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn to serve customers for their sailing vacation company.
A view of a 2019 Lagoon 450S model used by Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn to serve customers for their sailing vacation company.
Sail LUNA

This floating hotel they call home has not been without sacrifice, though. “It is quite different compared to working from a traditional home. It involves a lot of planning. You need to be self-sufficient and an expert in so many things. If something breaks, you need to be able to fix it or improvise,” she said.

The biggest career lesson they’ve learned is that society’s definition of success is not what makes you happy.

Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn of Sail LUNA LLC
Despite previously having well-paying careers, Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn are more satisfied “catering to other people’s needs”.
Sail LUNA

“We were both in high-level jobs, working long hours and making decent money. Our roles came with a certain level of prestige, and in the eyes of others, we were successful,” Fabi offered. “Now we work barefoot, catering to other people’s needs, cooking, cleaning and entertaining, yet we are happy and feel far more successful. We have created a lifestyle that fits our definition of success, and that in turn has taught us to always do what makes us happy.”

This 40-year-old mother of three boys (12, 10 and 7 years old) and founder of her own travel and lifestyle PR agency never dreamed she and her husband, Dave, would take to the water for life aboard a yacht in 2018. This is until they saw the documentary “Maidentrip” about Laura Dekker, the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

They began daydreaming. “We didn’t even know if it was possible or safe to do so with kids, but the moment we realized it was, our mantra became, ‘If they can do it, why can’t we?’ ” said Carey. “Within a month, we had told our family and friends we were buying a yacht and heading off on an adventure. Two years later, we flew out of Australia on one-way tickets to the Caribbean where we had bought our boat sight unseen.”

Erin Carey, 40, director of Roam Generation
Erin Carey initially thought working from a yacht with her husband and children was just a daydream.
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After returning home to Adelaide during the pandemic, they moored up in Mallorca, Spain, where they live currently.

“Initially, we were only going for a two-year sabbatical from our government jobs. After 12 months on the boat, I was inspired to start freelance writing. That turned into freelance PR work and eventually when we returned to Australia, I quit my government job and started my own PR agency,” said Carey. “I built my company to be location-independent, and after 12 months of life back in the rat race, we decided to sell our home and return to our boat.”

The family plans to continue living on the yacht “for as long as it’s fun” and based on whether their home-schooled sons want to go back to school during their teen years.

Erin Carey with her husband Dave and their three children enjoying life on a boat.
Erin Carey with her husband Dave and their three children enjoying life on a boat.
Erin Carey with her husband Dave and their three children enjoying life on a boat.
Cally Duncan

“Life on a boat is not perfect,” said Carey. “It’s often challenging, uncomfortable and isolating, but it’s also exhilarating, wondrous and life-changing. I’m excited to see where it takes us in the future — because we literally don’t know where we’ll be next month, let alone next year, and that makes me feel alive.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
New York DMV
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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