March 25th 2012
Position N 27° 22.225’,
W 82° 37.075’.
Longboat Key Club Moorings, FL
|Courtesy of my friend Bill|
We have entertained aboard successfully and have taken Lavinia for her maiden voyage on ‘Partners’. We left the dock last Friday evening without a hitch, YT at the helm and Lavinia handling the lines, and spent the night anchored in the NE corner of Sarasota Bay. So peaceful...we drank a toast to the first time ‘Partners’ had been piloted by the two of us and with the city lights in view, had a wonderful and happy evening. On Saturday we took a short cruise the length of Sarasota Bay, under the Ringling Causeway Bridge, to Marina Jack Marina where we saw another Kadey Krogen 42 like ours called ‘Mon Amie’, the Captain saw us and waived as we passed by, there is a lot of camaraderie among owners of the same brand of boat, not to mention cruisers and sailors in general. The boats owners tend to be similar in so much as they all share the spirit of adventure common to the cruising/sailing lifestyle, are independent, a necessity when miles from anywhere in a remote part of the globe, very comfortable with their own company (spend lots of time with only your Admiral) and by and large are pretty interesting people. We also all help each other. Boating and cruising is all about the places one visits and the people one meets, the adventure is in the unknown, the challenges in foreign lands and the best that it tends to bring out of oneself. The self sufficiency and satisfaction gained from ‘making it’ on one’s own is enormous to a cruiser; we can’t wait to get started full time.
This independent lifestyle takes much management and planning, obviously the trip planning and navigation is a given but not only that, it requires a good provision person in the food department, no mean task, an enormous stock of spares, not only for the mechanical equipment i.e. the engine and the generator but for all of the ships systems; you are on your own out there so you had better be prepared. I have just learnt how to use a multimeter (never needed one before, always called the electrician) to help diagnose the electrical issues that could occur along the way; things like this which, on land one might call the electrician for, are your own responsibility at sea and if one can’t fix the problem oneself then it stays unfixed. I am sure you get the picture. I, by no means, am capable in all departments (yet) but do have willingness and the confidence to become proficient. Only the other day I had to become a ‘plumber’ and repair a slow leak under the galley sink. In fact after completion of so many of these small but frequent jobs one realizes that the confidence to attempt the fix is most of it as the jobs themselves aren’t that difficult.
We had dinner al fresco on our back deck with candles flickering in the light breeze, a little wine and some great cheese; it doesn’t get much better than this...simply wonderful. Where did you have dinner last night?
We love our boat and talk constantly about the freedom we will have to go where we want. Just the other day the Admiral was talking about and remembering that while on vacation it is not uncommon to say “oh I wish I had brought this or that”, well not any more, we have all our worldly possessions with us at all times! By the way neither of us have any remorse about getting rid of so many of our belongings and we still remark about feeling so ‘free’ not having all those trappings to worry about, clean and generally take care of. Neither of us misses anything really, remarkable.
I hope that as we begin the ‘Travels of Partners’ and write more about the people and places we encounter more of you who read this drivel will become enamoured with the idea of the cruising lifestyle and start your own plans toward a life of independents and boat ownership.
Just before I launch this blog entry to the internet here is another sight I experienced just a few minutes ago. A Manatee, I was just able to catch the tail as he or she dived below to do some more grazing no doubt. There is always something going on.
Cheers for now...