A Little bit of Q and A
We get a lot of questions, and we are always thrilled to share the answers. We always appreciate the interest in our adventure. We do get a lot of the same questions over and over. Since there has been a lot of FIXING stuff and CLEANING stuff and BUYING stuff going on lately, and not much sailing, today's blog is dedicated to Q & A.
Q: I guess the most asked is : When will you take me, or us, sailing?
A: The answer to this is- any weekend. We can accomodate day sails, only, up to 4 people-we are located at Regatta Point Marina in Palmetto, Florida- please give us notice of your requested date and what your interest is (fishing, sailing, etc) We cannot accommodate overnight guests. We will be happy to teach you how to use a winch! If you are bringing a child, you will need to provide a child's life vest. Some people have asked what we would charge. We cannot legally charge for passengers because we are not certified Charter Captains, (yet)and we wouldn't want to anyway. We love to share our passion with you!
Q: What made you decide to do this?
A: It's like this. Robert mentions stuff. I put things into motion. He mentioned the sailing videos he was watching and I said, "we can do that". He mentioned a boat show and I said, let's go see if we can find some sailing lessons. He's the sail, I'm the wind. We can't get anywhere without both.
Once the ball was rolling on this, it was unstoppable.
The first time the wind filled the sails on our very own boat, I was seriously addicted. As we have gained experience and gone through various misadventures, I have, on at least three occasions, sworn to myself and Poseidon, that I would never get on the boat again. But about three seconds after we safely dock, I am planning the next sail.
A lot more happens when that sail goes up, besides moving a boat. The wind pushes the boat forward, and in that burst of air, my worries, my burdens, my seemiingly trivial problems, fill the sail and blow away like magic. I feel free. There is absolutely nothing on land, like it. This must be done, there is really no choice now.
Q. Where are you going first, when you go "out there"?
A. We don't know. It will depend on where hurricane season is when we leave- we will be avoiding that. We plan to go to the Bahamas, BVI, Puerto Rico, DR, and Mexico, (amoung others) and eventually up to Washington State. (Hawaii??) We do not know yet in what order. It is a TBA. We plan to stay out 2-3 years, and we hope to cover as many nautical miles as possible. But we are not locked into any set plan. Because we may find an island where we want to stay awhile...we are open to any adventure that makes us happy.
Q. How big is your boat?
A: We own a 36 foot Erickson sloop. Sloop meaning, it has one mast. It also has a 150 genoa foresail. We have several other sails we have not configured yet. Look forward to mastering everything. The cockpit can seat 4-5 and it's covered with an open sided Bimini and solar panels. Down below ..well ..figure 36 feet by 11 feet; that's the space, however, a lot of it is taken up with engine and tanks and bilge. This stuff I call "boat guts"....... We have a tiny head - I mean, you literally can't turn around in it.... toilet, tiny sink, shower head, hand held. But it functions. We have a V berth and an aft berth and we each use one - Robert called "dibs" on the aft berth - I am glad, because the V berth is bigger and I have more clothes. Storage is limited, but adequate. In the salon, we have two settees, and we will be installing a foldaway table. There is a tiny galley, again, not pretty, but functioning. Propane stove, chest type refrigerator, small sink.
Our boat is not fancy. Several owners ago, someone removed the original interior and what is there now is not pretty. Not in the teak and holly and varnished wood kind of way. I've brightened it up a bit and it's fairly comfortable. It functions and it's clean. It's safe and sturdy and relatively leak free. And we are not in debt for this boat. So, we are happy.
Q: What if something breaks?
A: Robert fixes it. We carry basic spare parts aboard. If it was something major, we would have to find a yard or mobile mechanic, to work on it. Luckily, he was a mechanic, and diesel engines, and every other system onboard, are very basic. Also, we are developing a huge network of "friends" on facebook and other forums, to help us out if we are stuck. We feel confident that we can handle any situation.
Q: What if there is no wind?
A: Happens way more often than you'd think. Everybody thinks it's always windy on the water, but, the fact is, a lot of people think that because their experience is with power boats, and those stinky, loud, fuel guzzling things create their own wind. We use the diesel engine, or a combination of the engine and the sails, to keep moving. We always feel like a failure when we have to do this- but, it's a reality, and it happens quite often. It requires a certain minimum amount of wind, in the right direction, to push that boat in the desired direction. Hey, if we don't care where we end up, we can almost always find enough wind to sail us to nowhere. And sometimes, that's ok.
Well, that's it for today's Q and A!!
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and I will happily do this again!
Thanks as always, for reading.