Life to us, is an Adventure. From deciding to go to islands for a week or two, to climbing around in the Grand Canyon, to exploration of Yellowstone. We’ve traveled back and forth across this great land of ours, and around the world a few times to get to distant locations.
Thus, choosing a life of “cruising aboard a sailboat” wasn’t too difficult of a decision, except that we didn’t really KNOW people did such things until we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do when we “retired”.
Becoming “retired” became an adventure, just getting there. Getting enough money put away for a few years of cruising (which has rapidly been eaten up by everything from boat issues to medical issues, and just getting health insurance – which took well over a quarter of what we had put away initially) was an adventure.
Since we started this part of our lives, we’ve been back and forth across the US from Colorado to the East Coast, Northern States, almost ALL the Southern States and all up and down the East Coast to as far north as MD and DE. Haven’t made it to Maine (again for me) yet, but it’s on the list.
Today we completed one of the logistic nightmares that every cruiser goes through from time to time. Provisioning for a long distance journey, to help us be free of having to do a lot of grocery shopping. JoAnne and I argued a bit about “how much”. We decided finally upon a “three month supply” of dry goods and canned foods to give us the chance to travel and not worry so much about finding anchorages where we could find stores. She’s planning to bake bread, make soups, and I’m planning to catch fish.
One of the things I need to do is finish putting things BACK together in the forward compartment. We had it all set up and arranged, but we had to move stuff around again, and I have tools out again, etc. So, once that is done tomorrow we can depart any time. I want to make sure we’re watered, oil and fluid levels checked and motor out of the marina, raise the sails and head out to the Atlantic.
I had to deal with insurance issues the last few days as well; trying to get information is sometimes difficult. Our insurance expires in December, and I wanted to make sure it’s going to get renewed on time and had to send multiple emails to get anyone to finally respond with the answers I sought. I am not sure why I have “boat insurance” on this old boat, but, it is our home and that’s the only reason I can think of offhand. A lot of people believe you should have it, as many believe it’s ridiculous. I’m in the “ridiculous” camp.
Medical is the same way. Expensive, unhelpful, and it sucks your bank accounts dry. But, we have it because she wants it (she had cancer, so far, she doesn’t and it hasn’t reoccurred).
But – the real “Adventure” starts in a day or so when we can pull out of the marina again, with a clean bottom oil changes, new charts in the plotter, and my paper charts and plotting equipment with me in the cockpit. Yeah, I use paper. Yeah, I use the plotter to give me a good idea of where I was, and where I am going, but not so much to guide me through life, or the sea.
I do have my sextant, and will get a few chances to practice again. It’s been a long while since I pulled it out and I’m going to have to refresh my memory on how to take a noon sight again.
And the best part is… I am NOT going to starve.
JoAnne has plenty of food aboard. Including my precious peanut butter. Who needs bread when you have a spoon?
Weather is supposed to be nice the next few days, albeit, chilly in the evenings. Winds are light and variable the next few days. I’m looking for 12-15 knots to use to get me south.
And we’re sailing. I’ll power the engine up to get us out of here and maybe through the Cape Fear river inlet, but the sails are going up as soon as possible and the engine is going off for as long as I can keep it off. We’ll take turns on shifts and we’ll try to get a few good hours of sleep each day, on opposite shifts.
This will be our first multiday passage, so we’re going to go for 24 hours testing ourselves and if that works out, another 24, then another, until we arrive at a nice destination.
For our friends who’ve given up on us going back out, I will say…y’all ain’t seen nothing yet.