Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
You meet friends in many places while cruising (off-shore, on-shore and ashore). Sometimes you give them a boat card and then never see them again. You collect so many boat cards after years of cruising you don't know what to do with them. I can never get rid of a boat card. Boat cards are designed so many ways. I like the ones that have the person's picture on it so I can remember them. For me it's better than the boat's name. I keep them and look at them every once and a while and wonder where the cruisers are now. Are they safe? Have they stopped cruising? Are they land lovers? What part of the country did they settle down or did they just go back home?
Sometimes, I keep up with fellow cruisers through social media. This is a wonderful way to see other parts of the world through their pictures and adventures. Their pictures show how happy the cruisers are in their cruising location. Some of our friends have traveled around the world and are traveling around the world; crossing oceans and touring Europe and the far east. These cruisers have another gene that causes them to follow in Columbus footsteps. They have no fear with adventures on the high seas.
When you stay long enough at one location you often find cruisers who you can buddy boat. These people may end up being your life long friends. You protect them in any cruising situation and visa versa. You may end up helping them fix their boat when needed and them yours. Afterwards, you can have a drink of brew and laugh about the moments of terror and joy.
These friends will always be in your heart forever. Life moves on and cruisers move ashore to be with family; mostly grandchildren who have won their hearts. These little guys need guidance and cruisers have a wealth of knowledge that can serve them well.
Whether off-shore, on-shore or ashore always treasure your friendships.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Lessons Learned: Limited space on a boat requires careful selection of clothes at all time during cruising.
I've come to the inevitable conclusion, that I have too many clothes to fit the limited space available onboard our sailboat. I tried to figure out how I can put as many clothes in a small drawer, hanging closet or anyplace else I could find. I've even put outfits together in a plastic storage bags and found that didn't work either. Then I separated the shirts, shorts, pants, etc. into the different storage bags. It is a difficult situation but I'm now thinking about what I actually need for the tropics. But what happens if I need to return home or have a special occasion. My hanging closet is filled with 5 shoe hangers which have shoes, purses, and my underwear. The shoe hanger idea was brilliant, but it has allowed me to keep way more shoes than I need.
Not sure if I'm fooling myself or if I just don't want to rid myself of the last evidence of civilization of the life as I knew it in Houston. One of my boater friends said, "You don't look like a boat person." How does a boat person look? We don't have a home base anymore and I tell everyone that my home is where the boat is. Where ever that may be at any moment of time. It has my bed, my kitchen, my shower and ,yes, all of my clothes.
I was so proud of myself when I finally got rid of a garbage bag of clothes and donated them to the Navy Relief Society. Then I walked into a West Marine who had women clothes 75 percent off. Did I say they were Columbia? I couldn't resist and proceeded to replace the bag of clothes I had just donated . Now I had to re-address where I was going to put the new clothes and now what could I give up.
Again and again I have talked to women who are cruising. Periodically they place their clothes across their stateroom bed and go into an elimination process. How do you choose? I can't get rid of my favorite tee shirts.
One of my cruising buddies, Gina, selects clothes using her favorite color purple. This way all her clothes can be mixed and matched. She asked what my favorite color, but I like wearing clothes of all colors. Then she advised me to categorize my clothes by selecting 4 pairs of jeans, 4 tee shirts, 4 shorts, 4 sailing shorts, etc. I knew when it came to bathing suits, I could not only have 4. Also my friend Dew said I needed jackets to wear with my jeans and it would dress up my wardrobe. Thus, I have kept three jackets.
I am at a loss. I can't give away my Harvest Moon shirts, NASA/USA shirts or my OLLU shirts. The memories are too precious and definitely clothes tell stories. How could I give them to a stranger?
I know one thing, I will not get rid of any of my bathing suits, because I plan on living in them soon. I guess if I don't get rid of any clothes I could give them to the islanders. This actually seems like a perfect solution in the spirit of Christmas.
Monday, September 26, 2011
|Sunset view from Boca Chica Navigation Bar & Grill|
In all these groups you have written or unwritten rules, which keep peace in a society, however; small or large. All marinas have rules to follow.
|Doug & Susan from Chicago Sandbar Friends|
Boat life is GREAT and you meet WONDERFUL life long friends. Your new friends will sail or buddy sail with you, teach you about boating and listen to your tall tales sailing adventures.
|Rebecca & Lou from Key West at Mallory Square|
|Yvonne Guy visiting from Houston & Renne' in Key West|
|Karen & Ron Parsonsn from Houston & cruising Key West - Jewelry Show|
|Kent Brownhill Houston & Crew at Mallory Square|
|Jon & Renne at Mallory Square|
Saturday, September 10, 2011
|Kemah, Texas Pirates|
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Lesson Learned: Use radar to navigate through bad weather, whether in storms or fog. If you don't have radar, hove to and wait until fair weather.
No wind. The ocean's water was crystal, dark, and deep royal blue. It was as smooth as an ice pond frozen in the cold northeast. The difference is the hot sun that beat against the Bimini.
The only sound was the engine and the almost non-existent waves splashing intermittently against the hull. Yes, we were in the doldrums. Looking up, the sky matched the sea; crystal, dark, and deep royal blue with no clouds.
Since there were no clouds, the night sky is covered with sparkling bright stars. It is incredible seeing the stars without the interference of city lights. We saw falling stars, satellites, and the International Space Station. Unfortunately, we did not see the Space Shuttle, nor will we ever have another opportunity. The Space Shuttle has been non-commissioned; retired after only 30 missions. Did anyone tell you the Space Shuttle was built to fly 100 times?
Yes, the doldrums were upon us with no wind. In times long ago, sailors would sit, and wait until the wind returned. During this time, the Captain assigned sailors work to keep them busy. This would occupy their minds, and keep their hands busy until the winds returned. They had no weather reports on VHF, and no engine to propel them through the water. For us, we had the motor to continue our journey across the Gulf of Mexico, even without wind.