The reality of life aboard a sailboat
“The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” So true. Here’s my best estimate of my immediate sailing plans.
Cruising on a small sailboat isn’t the glamorous vacation that some people think it is. It’s dirty, hard work with no sleep. But totally worth it.
Here’s a summary of my much-anticipated return to sailing, taking a nice easy stroll through the southern Windward islands.
It was a difficult decision to leave Bequia, but I had to take advantage of the weather and make a quick stop in Dominica, next year’s major destination.
I try to be carefree here in paradise but there are just some things…some things that, well, you know. And I know others agree with this list.
That time I was trying to fall asleep but something kept telling me that the boat anchored right in front of me was about to hit me. And it did.
It was just one of those “why am I doing this” days! I got my ass handed to me during this daysail but at least it ended on a high note.
Small sailboats don’t have many easy options for getting the dinghy out of the water at night – the hip hoist seems to be the only practical option.
It seems the bottom of my dinghy has been harvesting an entire ecosystem the past few weeks. Time to clean that dinghy bottom!
I’ve been in Grenada for a month now but it sure doesn’t feel like it…thanks to the ability to work from my boat. Technology ruins everything once again.
After keeping the boat in storage for 2.5 years, why not choose 325 miles offshore for the shakedown cruise? How bad could it be? Oh, let me tell you…
Boatyard Fever: like Cabin Fever, but while living aboard your boat in a boatyard. It’s been five weeks and I can’t take it any longer – I need to get wet!