After working to pay her way through college (mechanical design, electronics & a BA in communication), Burg purchased an antique 31-foot cruising sailboat. She relied on her mechanical and engineering training to restore the vessel, and then moved aboard. Singlehanding in the company of others, she seasonally sailed to tropical ports.
Her philosophy includes working hard, yet not waiting for retirement to have fun in life. Finding a balance between employment and play, Rebecca worked seasonal retail jobs and, year-round, worked as a marine mechanic and marine electrical technician. She also enjoys a hobby in the visual arts, sometimes selling her realistic paintings on the side.
In her late 40s, she was diagnosed with an aggressive stage III breast cancer and has so far endured two and a half years of treatment. This did not stop her from enjoying life as much as she realistically could. Home port is a tiny marina surrounded by the Florida Everglades.