Well. There is a number of ways.

1. There are a huge number of boats that, following the trade winds, go from central/South America – Europe/Africa around April. And vice versa around August. They range from big to small, private to commercial to freight. And you can usually jump aboard most of them by offering to work. Some people even just hitchhike.

2. There’s a growing number of folks who scuttle boats -(squat them). If a boat has broken free from it’s anchorage, you can legally claim it. So many boats are abandoned because their owners just can’t take care of them. I would bet every harbour has at least one boat that’s been abandoned and the manager would like someone to take it out of the slip that’s not being paid for. I’m in Pearl Harbor now in Hawaii, and there’s 4 abandoned boats just of my dock that the harbour would like to see gone. There are at least 4 docks.

3. Get a crew job. Like me. I’m going to French Polynesia and just sailing this retired guys boat around so he can relax and party, which is what I plan to do. I’m more or less only working for the 3 weeks it takes to get down there, the three weeks to get back, and the rest of the time all my expenses are covered.