I grabbed a hand full of charts off Sookie and rushed to catch the ferry. I hate leaving these islands, a world away from everywhere they have always been my safe spot. My search continues, to collect every chart from here to Panama and beyond, it’s time to think about moving on.
today I realized my short list is completely obtainable, even on my miserable budget. I rechecked all my notes, the must haves, the I wish I hads and the have nots. I sent an email offering to buy a used wind vane and patiently await the reply. I sent a second letter and wonder if I will hear back.
Most people don’t consider a 22′ sailboat to be blue water capable but I am not most people. My voyages in a stock Seaquest 26 at the age of 18 proved that any boat will do if you have what it takes to point your bow in the direction you desire. My first passage was solo and engineless, without self steering or even a single chart for that matter but as far as blue water passages go and I’ve made many, it was my most memorable for countless reasons.
Sitting next to the fire place with a bottomless glass of Cab it’s easy to ensivion the possibilities of long term voyaging on a budget of $500.00 a month. I’ve easily done short term voyages on less. Hawaii taught me a great many things most of all that I’d rather suffer a bit doing the things I truly love than live a safe easy life being bored out of my fucking mind. I’m easy I’ll eat anything you put in front of me, sleep in my foulies on the cabin sole, sit in a freezing cockpit for hours on end and you will never hear the slightest complaint out of me, never. I love life and living it more than any words could possibly explain. My glass isn’t half full it’s overflowing.
it isn’t about the boat and it never will be, she isn’t even mine; I gave her away last year. It isn’t about the adventure or the places I go. I love all the people I meet but it isn’t about them either. It has little to do with the different cultures or wonderful foods. It isnt about accomplishing something or crossing items off of a list. It’s about one thing and one thing only, living a truly authentic life. When an early and traumatic death came to visit me in the form of a tidal wave I didn’t have one fucking regret in this life. Wanting things is easy but making them real is even easier. One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite sailors, go small, go simple, go now. Id one up that by saying go when your ready able and willing.