Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
One of the first things you learn as a boatowner is not to wait. This is funny, because most of cruising is about waiting: for weather, for customs officials, for provisions, for Godot. Patience is a virtue.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I, on the other hand, closed my eyed and pursed my lips. I know that shade of blue all too well. Even without the subject line, I could see that Erik had been sanding the hull in preparation for fresh antifouling paint. Which means he is covered in old antifouling paint. And what is the purpose of said paint? Oh, that's right. It is biotoxic. It exists solely to keep creatures from growing on the hull.
"Well," said Stylish, turning back to her book, "I guess Dad won't have any barnacles growing on his head." Indy broke out in fresh peals of laughter.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
From: Amy Schaefer
CC: Any interested parties
Date: May 10, 2013
Re: Land-Visit Policies and Procedures
It has come to my attention that we are experiencing compliance issues with Boat SOP 57: Completing a Visit To Your Land-based Home. It is essential that all crewmembers master this procedure. This memo is intended to review the skills we need to make our land adventures as successful as our sea ones.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Never. Erik and I wake up every day, roll over, say good morning, and wonder, "What is going to break today?" There are few things you can count on in this world, my friends, but I can promise you this: on a boat, there is always something advancing along the 'breaking' continuum. And usually more than one thing. Owning a boat is much like what I imagine being an assistant for a very demanding and unstable celebrity must be like. You fulfill strange and unreasonable requests at all hours of the day and night, working yourself to exhaustion trying to please someone who will never, ever be satisfied. But, sometimes, you get to do something incredibly cool and amazing as a result of working for this crazy person, and it all becomes worthwhile. So you stay, living for those moments. And the rest of the time you live head down in the bilge, dreaming.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
One of the difficulties of cruising is that, if you leave something behind, you'd better figure it out before you sail away. Because Erik and I, hard-hearted as we are, are not turning back unless we are related to the item in question.