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Newly Salted is a collection of interviews with new cruisers. It has a companion site, Interview With A Cruiser, where you can find interviews with those more "seasoned". Both projects were on my list of regular internet resources when I was in the "dreaming stage". Back in the early days, I never really imagined that one day I would be posting my own interview. So, without further ado... let's get started!
|One of the "Good" Anchorages - Boca Raton, FL.|
How often have you faced bad weather in your cruising? How bad? We had one 24 hour hop in the Gulf of Mexico that wasn't great. The winds piped up to the mid to upper 20 knot range at night after a really nice daytime sail... I stood tensely at the helm while Bruce battled waves on the bounding foredeck to make a headsail change. I had to keep pushing thoughts about what I would do if he was washed overboard (even though he was tethered) and how I could possibly retrieve him in the dark and wild water. It wasn't scary, just uncomfortable and we were BOTH ready for it to end come sunup. It definitely got our attention...
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Hands down it would be the iPad! It has been the most important tool in route planning and I can NOT imagine doing this without it. The applications that show tides, currents, anchorages, marinas and weather... all with our position superimposed on the chart... have made this a flawless operation.
Second place would go to the AIS, although it was primarily valuable to us while we were traveling in the Gulf Coast ICW. The tug traffic there was so heavy, the ability to hail the captains by name as well as the ability to see and be seen from far around a blind curve, gave us an edge that boosted our comfort level.
What was your biggest fear before going cruising? What is your biggest fear now? My biggest fear starting out was that we wouldn't be smart enough to do this. I worried that we would make stupid mistakes or just not be able to figure things out.
My biggest fear now after a year... running out of things. I know, it makes me sound like a borderline hoarder! But I worry about running out of water. We still top off the tanks at EVERY opportunity and carry 25 gallons of "spare" water in jugs. I worry about running out of food, even though we provisioned for the end-of-time... The difference now is that I know what things we DID run out of and will stock up on more of those and less of other things. In my defense, it is NICE not having to stop and find provisions when we would rather move on. We can pick and choose our provisioning spots.
What do you think is a common cruising myth? You've probably heard this to the point that it should no longer qualify as a common cruising myth... It isn't all palm trees, white sand beaches and fruity drinks. While those things are a part of cruising, they comprise such a small part it is almost laughable that they continue to pop up high on the list.
And as for fruity drinks... well, after our initial daily celebratory cocktails back in the beginning, we quickly learned that it is not healthy to drink EVERY day. We have settled into a happy medium of cocktails when the conditions warrant them, but sometimes... many times... water has been our first choice.
What piece of gear seems to break the most often? Our refrigeration. (is that gear?) It's the only thing that has been a continual issue. We've endured a lot of angst due to shoddy installation. Of all of the gear that has broken, it has been the "luxury items" that have caused us the problems. The boat itself? No problems! (knock on teak)
What is the key to making the cruising life enjoyable? The number one thing is to let go of your compulsions. There is almost nothing that you MUST do today. It is OK to sit in the cockpit and read. All. Day. Long.
The second thing - get off of the boat. There is a world of adventure waiting for you if you go ashore and explore. The boat will take you there, but you have to go and play.
What is your biggest lesson learned? I can't pin it down to just one thing... these are my favorites:
We ARE smart enough to do this. And if we can do it... you can too.
We make it out here without the luxuries of society... and even enjoy it.
It is OK, and even liberating, to live a life outside of your comfort zone.
The waters before us are not unknown and treacherous, they are somebody else's "back yard".
Cruising will not change you as much as you might think...
No matter where you go... there you are. It is true.
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Great post! "Bad" weather is definitely something we hope to avoid as often as possible ... glad to hear you haven't had anything real scary .. makes me feel better! Your bed is making me envious ... so roomy.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the first year of cruising .. you did it! Can't wait till we can say the same, and your posts encourage us!
Thanks Cheryl! I guess bad weather is one of those things like "one in a hundred people get hit by whatever" If you're that ONE... all of those others who weren't hit don't matter! We've been phenomenally lucky in so many ways. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and will celebrate along with you when your time comes.Delete
Wonderful post,,,full of great advice and memories...keep up the great logs here and on Face Book.Delete
Thank you again for participating!ReplyDelete
I've waited for so long to be a part of this project. It was an inspiration to me in the planning stages. Thank you for putting it all together!Delete