What is it like cruising on your own boat?
It’s like land cruising in an RV, but better. The water can take you to so many destinations and countries, it would take a lifetime to see it all.
Cruising on our boat was like taking our home on vacation. We would go shore-side and explore our new surroundings then go back to the boat and relax in our own space.
The cruising community is a generous one. Many cruisers lend a helping hand. If you have a problem with your engine or electrical, don’t be surprised if another cruiser offers to help tackle the problem. Beach side potlucks or sun-downers are not uncommon with this social group. Cruisers come from many walks of life with nothing in common onshore. But once you get out on the water a bond with those same people just happens because you share the same interest, a nomadic sea-life.
This life is not easy. There are many days where you are at the most tranquil beautiful spot in the world or saw the most spectacular sunset. And there are days when the head will malfunction and sewage ends up in the bilge or your refrigeration, engine, or water-maker quit. Maybe you torn your only mainsail or your inflatable dinghy has a air-leak you can’t fix. There could be rough weather and your seasick or just sick of the weather.
Space is limited on the boat. The items I stowed away for safe keeping takes an excavation to get to it. I had a basket in my refrigeration (shaped like a cooler) that I had to take out a few time a day to get to the food items under it. Cooking on a moving boat has its challenges. On one passage it took over an hour for me to make potato salad. As I was mixing in the mayo, the boat lurched and the salad went flying through the cabin. I went out of my mind over that one, swearing up and down, sick of the passage and just wanted the boat to stop. I am grateful I have a husband that can handle that kind of explosion.
Getting tossed around is common on a boat. I was crawling into my sea-berth(an upper bunk), the boat lurched hard to starboard and I fell hard on the salon table. Hurt like hell. Reefing a mainsail in heavy weather can be a struggle. Holding on to the mast with one hand while tying down the sail with the other as the boat’s momentum trying to thrash you about…just don’t let go of the boat or risk going overboard.
Many people wonder about this experience. I recommend it. if you are not familiar with the lifestyle, go on a charter to get a feel for it. You may fall in love with this simple existence.