At this point in my cruising life, I found the cruising world overwhelming.
Noel’s response was quite simply: ‘getting to port’.
And while this is somewhat amusing, it actually is truthful. We loved sailing but the unrelenting, three-dimensional movement while on watch can become tiring.
Sailing Oceans is like….
On the ocean, nothing is certain except the enormous puddle of water and a fantastic stretch of sky. It can’t be compared to a plane or car ride. The days are measured in distance, and at the same time, it’s dynamic, fantastic, and sometimes scary. There is rarely pattern or logic; you deal with what’s received, as it arrives . . . moment by moment.
We learned a lot, but the the most I learned about was me. I had time to think and reflect on who I was, my place in this world, where I was going, and who I didn’t want to be.
- Life on board is satisfying but a lot of work (one job a day)
- It’s what you make of it – if you have a great relationship with whomever you are on board with, and like the simple life – it’ll work.
- Before you head off across oceans, start with smaller steps, in a large bay, practice and get to know your boat, gradually work up to longer passages. The issues that may arise are sometimes not obvious.
- I loved the creativity needed if living on board and running out of something in the galley.
- You must think of your boat/home as a small city, you have power/plumbing as well as the home comforts; do you have spares onboard? Or are you able stir up your creative juices, and make repairs with whatever you have at hand?
- Be prepared to roll up your sleeves/hop out of bed/help at a moment’s notice all the time. Never become angry at your partner for waking you while you are off-watch to check something. Once you are treading water it is too late!
What’s so great about cruising?
- Joining an amazing community, the fraternity of boats on the move
- Helps you find who you are and the cruising life shows you how to take time to live
- You are in command of your time, not someone else, weather becomes your dictum
- You are at the helm of your life, not someone else – take charge!
- You meet incredible people
- Your geography improves
- You will learn a multitude of good skills, mechanic, cook, electrician, cleaner, painter, carpenter, machinist . . . . etc. As well as navigator, weather forecaster, tide analytic, maintenance expert…..,