Like many young people living in the outrageously expensive San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah Patterson found her first city dwelling on Craigslist. Instead of a tiny apartment, however, her new home was located in a marina.
Patterson has lived in a sailboat for about a year now. She tells Business Insider the money she saved by not renting an apartment enabled her to launch a startup — a direct-to-consumer, organic skincare company called Salinity — and still do things like any other 24-year-old.
Take a look inside Patterson’s life at sea.
At 24, Patterson became a homeowner and a startup founder. 'How many people can say that?' she says with a smile from her perch at the back of the sailboat.
After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016, she found and purchased a sailboat on Craigslist in four days. She wanted to feel close to nature, 'in the middle of it all.'
In November, Patterson moved into a new sailboat (pictured) with her now-husband, Charlie. They met in the marina just a few months earlier and eloped.
Finding the right man was like finding her first boat, she says: 'When you know, you know.'
Patterson declined to name the cost of her and Charlie's sailboat. In the Bay Area, boat owners pay between $250 and $1,111 a month to dock at a marina. Additional fees apply if the person wants to live aboard their vessel. Patterson warns that the cost of upkeep can also be prohibitive.
Patterson brags that the boat's wind turbine generates enough power to run the blender and charge her cell phone at the same time. The couple also plans to install solar panels.
A few years ago, Patterson became fed up with the lack of transparency and quality of ingredients in most beauty products. She decided she wouldn't put anything on her body that she wouldn't feel good about eating. That concept planted the seed for Salinity.
Salinity's serums, moisturizers, and mists contain botanicals and minerals sourced from land and sea. She harvests the sea salt, a natural exfoliator, from the Pacific herself.
Patterson says while many skincare ingredients do come from the earth, the vast majority of products are pumped full of 'chemically processed synthetic ingredients that are changed beyond the point of recognition. ... I am working to change this,' she adds.
Salinity's products contain locally sourced ingredients that are never altered in a lab.