I want a bigger boat, no I don’t, yes I do, no I don’t… On the inside cover of my journal I wrote these simple words by Lao Tzu “Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Every year I block out 2 weeks for routine maintenance, one in the spring and one in the fall. I stretch that week into a month not because I have to but because I can. This slow process gives me time to clean out the cobwebs not only on Sookie but in my brain. By the time I’m finished I have literally touched, inspected and maintained every inch of her in and out. Sookie is about as simple in theory as she can be but if you were to deconstruct her on paper you would see that she is highly complex, certainly more complex than an airplane or spaceship in design.
Living in a space the size of a refrigerator box with two adults and a sick dog often makes me wonder if I want a larger boat, I say want because I certainly don’t need one. I could easily buy a larger boat but time would pass and that too would grow small. The possibilities for change are endless but the question is do they really add anything to the experience or do they take the experience away by making it all too easy and comfortable thereby taking the challenge away and inducing cruisers depression, boredom and discontent.
I borrowed this picture from Liz Clark because to me at least it paints the picture I want. Not the location necessarily but the freedom to live day to day with little more than the shirt on my back. Its the frugal mariner that has found the perfect balance in life be-it on a 20′ pocket cruiser or 50′ yacht. We all have different needs and wants, and just like a new pair of shoes we all seek that perfect fit. It was Sterling Hayden who wrote some of the truest words I have ever read, The years thunder by… For us it isn’t that we necessarily want a small boat but that we need one because she compliments our lifestyle. Just like that new pair of shoes may give us blisters in the beginning we wear into them until they are so comfortable that we don’t even know they are there.
“Three Rules of Life: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein