I think I posted this before, but because it’s one of Kurt’s most watched videos, I’m going to post it again… with comments.
This video was shot by Kurt A. Seastead of s/v Lo-Kee. He is currently doing a refit of his boat.
Adventure was purchased in January of 2015 by Rick and JoAnne Donaldson (that’s us) for a long term cruise and travel. The boat had a few things wrong with it, but over all, she floated. The equipment was old (and mostly still is), but it all worked.
Some of the comments on the Youtube video included comments about how “sloppy” I am. 🙂 Another comment was about how dangerous in mast furling is (or perhaps could be?) and that the person writing the comment would NEVER use it.
I’ll make a few of my own comments.
I’m currently working part time in a marina. I’m handling boats coming through from the Caribbean and Bahamas headed north. I count the number of in-mast furling rigs I see daily. I see no less than 5-6 out of 7-10 sail boats. I find it interesting that there are so many who’ve traveled oceans with these rigs so far. I have traveled IN the ocean but not crossed it yet. But so far, the only issues I’ve had with the rigging was having to replace all the halyards and make sure the proper maintenance was performed on the rig.
The boat came with the rigging installed. I’m not going to undo everything just to make a couple of people happy so they can assume they are right. The truth is, if the rig gets jammed, the sail can be lowered and treated like any other main sail.
I wonder how many people who make claims about how “bad” something is, have actually used those pieces of equipment. I venture to say “Almost ZERO”.
As to my “sloppiness”… We had not cruised before we bought the boat, except on bare boat charters and a smaller boat in lakes using our trailer to get there. Out of necessity we packed lightly, moved the boat and sailed, but generally for 2-3 days at a time. We couldn’t get enough stuff on the boat to support us. That included food and water (rather important items).
We also LIVE on this boat, full time. We don’t have a house, don’t want to waste money on “storage units” we will never visit. Have no place close by to store things with friends and honestly, don’t want to do so. There is certainly only so much room on a boat. We have spare parts for a lot of things. We have tools to do repairs (and tools take up a lot of space, but without them, we’d be lost). Tools also can keep me working when necessary to earn some money, because, I know how to do a LOT of jobs.
So one person’s sloppy, is another person’s “organized chaos”.
Also note that we had been on the boat LESS than three months when that video was shot. We’d owned the boat less than a year and moved aboard in August 2015. We were still learning how and where to store things. It was somewhat haphazard at the beginning.
Truth is, we have gotten rid of a lot of things, BUT, we still have clutter and things we can’t yet part with, and until we can find smaller, like items to replace things we use we won’t be doing that just yet. We have significantly reduced the weight of several items though and we now have a car at our “new marina home port” so we use it to store extra tools I won’t need when cruising.
There are things on this boat a lot of people wouldn’t want. I’ll give you a little idea. Composting toilet (a lot of people HATE them, but have never used one. A lot of people swear by them. I’m still in the middle on this). OLD electronics. I have very old radio, doesn’t do AIS. Broken radar, I’m not paying 2 grand for a new one. Old, but functional chart plotter (old…. is 1990s, updated firmware for 2009 and no more support). But it has brand new charts (days old now). We have no microwave. We have no freezer. We DO have a working refrigeration unit (I repaired the ancient one and it works fine). We have a gas generator (Honda 2000eu version) which people hate because it uses gasoline. (A lot of people have a gas motor for their dink…../shrug). We have a propane engine for the dinghy (hard to get propane I hear…. so far, so good, no problem with that). We have a NEW stove and oven (ok a year or so old now) but my wife loves it.
And so on. I’m absolutely CERTAIN that if you’ve ever been on and sailed a sailboat something in that list will make you cringe. And some of you will think “Cool, I use one of those!”
Here’s my point, and the point of re-posting the video once more.
Everyone has their way of doing things. We each have an idea of what we like, don’t like, and how we would do it, and how we would NOT do it. You, me, him, her, doesn’t matter. There are people who wouldn’t GO in a sailboat, because they are power boaters. We have some who pick at us calling us “Blow Boaters”. I take it as a compliment, and point out the price of fuel, and the wind is free….
We’re on this journey because my wife wanted to travel. We think it is a neat way to see things. We love meeting people.
We’re not on this journey to please ANYONE other than ourselves. Perhaps that’s selfish, but after 60 years on this planet, doing everything for everyone else, I’m a little peeved at armchair sailors and snobs who nit pick everything anyone else does “because it’s not how *I* would do it”.
A few years ago, I stopped visiting Cruisers Forums, and Sail Net (and I HELPED form sail net!) because of the armchair sailors who would denigrate others for what they considered “dumb questions”. There is a large group of people out there that are at work every day, getting up, going to work, going home, and logging into the computer – and on weekends they go out to their marina where they store their boat, they climb aboard and drink “sundowners” and wake up with hangovers. On Monday they go back to work. During the week they call some company to go polish their boat or wash it, and pay through the nose for the privilege of sitting on the dock on weekends drinking their Bud Lites – but during the week, they bitch and complain about all of us who actually live on the boat, go places, and make due with significantly less space than they have, no or low income, squeeze Lincoln until he screams and buy our cheap beer at the grocery store, and our liquor from the local markets.
They do this because they feel as if they are better than the rest of the cruisers out there.
I’ve yet to meet a long distance cruiser who has a perfectly clean, perfectly cared for boat, that isn’t somewhat cluttered, full of extra “stuff” they “need” (hoses, extra lines, pieces of “small stuff” – that’s bits of twine and line for those of you who might not know that), tools, the odd “silver tea service” or plastic wine goblets.
You know why? Because they are out there doing their thing, being happy and not complaining about how the other half lives.
Kurt and I are discussing a remake at some point. A follow up video to this one. It will address some of the questions you all have, assuming we find the time and can connect somewhere to do it. But, it will also be real, personal and it shows the truth.
The fact is, I write this blog on the same basis. I tell it like it is. Not how you want it to be. There’s no such thing as a perfect boat, day, trip, travel, or location. There’s rarely a perfect day of sailing (it happens, but it’s not often). Extended cruisers sometimes pick up jobs. They sometimes have to stop and work for a living. Sometimes they travel and are out of contact for weeks at a time. Sometimes they even catch fish. Sometimes they get hurt. Sometimes, unfortunately, they can die.
I write about everything. Good. Bad. Ugly. Fun. Doesn’t matter. I enjoy writing about our Adventure(s) and what we go through. I was beat up by a once-friend on Facebook because she disagreed about how I presented my store about a marina. We had a ROUGH time there. We had a lot of things go wrong. Most of them happened when we were not even at the boat. And yet somehow having these bad things happen and writing about them upset this lady to the point she de-friended me. I was, in her eyes “putting down her marina”. /Shrug
As I said, I’m not here to please anyone else.
Kurt wanted to do the interview above. It was impromptu, we had not really cleaned up the boat after having been traveling for a few weeks. The wife was off doing laundry. I was going Kurt the tour.
So, sometimes, sloppiness is a perceived thing (mostly to OCD people who have a penchant for correcting where someone sits their coffee cup) and equipment issues are almost ALWAYS, ALWAYS based on 3rd hand, biased reporting by people who have zero personal experience with them. I’m sure that a lack of spit and polish on the bronze pisses people off to no end. 🙂
When it all comes out in the end…. If we have a good time doing what we’re doing, why would anyone be upset? Except for the people in Florida that don’t want over night anchoring because, well, they are armchair sailors and boaters and honestly don’t know anything about how the other half lives. They just don’t want to see us in the waterways.
If we all had to please everyone around us, all the time the task would be to ensure everyone is happy. And you’re not.
That is not the way to live your life, friends.
Go out and be happy. If you’re going to sail a boat, do it. Don’t complain about how others do it, how they live, that their equipment isn’t like yours…. be happy we’re different.