Sailing Around The World

Life is Complicated but Sailboats are More Complicated

I have read many books on cruising and what makes life fun well doing it. Funny thing is that they fail to mention that keeping your sailboat working well takes hours of work each day. I traded in riding a desk and collecting a pay check which was hard earned to over seeing the systems and health of a 43 foot sailboat for no money,  just experiences as payment. Well I think I should have asked for more money! I wake each morning thinking of ways this or that doesn’t work and then start read manuals, asking questions to the pros who now seem to be just as lost as I am.

 My conclusion is that MacGyver is full of shit and you need more then a Swiss Army Knife and duck tape to fix these issues all though I have used both so far.  I have also realized that when one solution doesn’t solve the problem or the next, or the next, and so on the stress builds and can cause you to drink more RUM. I get the whole drink like a sailor now. Its not that they are alcoholics they just need something to make the day of futile problem solving worth it. I tell myself everyday that well at lest I get one rum and coke with a cigar rotated in every couple days 

That said cheers and goodnight,


4 responses

  1. when my autopilot crapped out last summer the guy in Charlevoix that was fixing it gave us this definition: ” Cruising: the art if fixing your boat in exotic locations. “

    November 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  2. katie

    I’m finding your written thoughts entertaining and enjoying the trip vicariously. Wishing you fair seas and wind-o-plenty…..keep up the good work!

    November 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  3. Steve List

    If you have not heard it listen to Kenny Chesney’s Soul of A Sailor. It will improve your attitude. You are so very lucky to be doing what your are doing. I also recommend Arturo Fuente 858 Maduros , my favorite fire pit /boat smoke.

    November 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  4. Kyle Krueger

    What’s up with Your dad? I haven’t heard one thing from or about him this whole trip! Is he just smiling and losing your tools? Haha what’s up Dale!

    November 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm