Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Question Department is Open

In a few short weeks, we will reach our third anniversary aboard Papillon.  Not bad for a trip that was only supposed to be two years long.  And although I've baked enough cakes lately to last me until the end of time, I come from a birthday/anniversary/Groundhog Day-celebrating tribe.  What to do to mark the occasion?

Lightbulb!  What better way to say: Happy Anniversary Papillon! than to make you do all the heavy lifting?  So I am opening up a Q&A.  What is it you want to know, dear reader?  Are you curious about cruising?  How to get started?  What you need to know?  What you will figure out later?  How to deal with hearing impairment?  Vision impairment?  Seasickness-related mental impairment?  What bad advice have we ignored to our advantage?  What dumb things will we never do again?  Are there really pirates out there?
The only good pirates are birthday pirates.
Or maybe you are interested in the family angle.  Can four people really stay cooped up together for a thousand days without serious injury resulting?  How do you deal with picky eaters?  How do you find other nice families to hang out with?  How do you teach school?  Why are beads the most hated toy aboard?  Would you ever do this again, knowing what you know now?
Want to know what seasickness feels like?  I can tell you.
Even the rumor mill is up for grabs.  Were you really approached by a casting agent for a cruising reality show?  Why are you more afraid of seas snakes than of sharks?  Did your family really have 43 cavities between you on your last trip to the dentist?  Is it true that you are a pathetic sailor?

Sailing, life aboard, our trip - any and all (polite) questions will go in the grab bag.  So leave a comment with your burning questions below (the shy among you can feel free to email me at sailing dot papillon at gmail dot com instead), and let's see what Sailing Papillon readers have on their minds.


Kimbercat SC said...

Happy Anniversary to Papillion! I hope you have many more anniversaries and adventures to come.

Thank you for opening the floor for questions to us wannabe's.

In researching for my (long time away) future cruise life, I have two main fears that cause me to rethink getting my feet wet (weather and things that bite). Since you have the experience and tend to not pull any punches when writing could you answer the following for me?

1.} How often do you encounter rough weather to the point that you want to kiss Terra Firma ASAP? I'm talking major boat rocking and high waves here. Have you ever feared you were going to heel too far over and not come back upright?

2.} Do you ever have to go overboard in the open ocean (to clear a prop, etc)? If so, what marine life have you encountered?

3.) How often do you see sharks? Are they usually close to shore or in the open ocean?

4.) What is a better boat name, Velleity's Twilight or Circumbendibus?

Thanks for being a guide to everyday cruising life.

Amy Schaefer said...

@Kimbercat SC: Thanks for starting us off! Those are great questions.

Louis Cohen said...

I'm also interested in how you survived very heavy weather. Did you heave to with a sea anchor? Run before with warps/drogue and storm sails or bare poles? Or lie ahull and hope for the best?

Have you had any major gear failures, and how did you fix/jury rig it?

Thanks, and fair winds and safe travels.

Sailingdee said...

Congratulations on the 3 years...fair winds...
See our blog we are in preparation mode... to move on January...
All the best

My question:
- What was the most difficult problem faced until now and how your guys deal with it?

Thank you for sharing

Amy Schaefer said...

I can see a definite theme emerging in the comments. I've added your questions to the bin.

And don't be shy people - I'll answer questions of all sorts.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Papillon!! We wish you continued smooth sailing in the days, weeks, months....... to come. xo Karen M

With Brio said...

Hi guys,

Love your blog, and congratulations on 3 years! I know I'm late, but hopefully not too late! Here are my questions for you:

1 - What are the top 3 places still on your bucket list?

2 - Who's the most interesting character you've met to date?

3 - What's the best physical 'treasure' you've collected on the journey so far

4 - How has cruising affected your marriage?

:) That's it from me! Looking forward to the future posts!!

s/v Brio

Amy Schaefer said...

Hi, Leah/Brio. It's never too late for questions! I'll add yours to the pile.