I scribble a few more notes and pull out my calculator. 37′ makes for a pretty large slip fee but at sea she is just a little 28’sailboat displacing 14,000lbs, not exactly a behemoth by anybody’s standards. Her Mike Anderson wind vane is the first thing I touch and it sings freedom to me, she also has two nice auto pilots.
Long flat wide decks with tall stanchions and a big beefy bow sprite. Her cockpit is comfy, I sat for hours in it drinking ice cold beers, eating snacks and discussing my favorite topic, small ships. I climbed the mast and inspected every inch of her rigging, it’s good. Her sails are good, her bones are good, her price is almost good. Will she be cozy and warm or the straw that broke the camels back.
For everything I have to gain I lose the one thing that I prize more than anything, simplicity. I tease my friends and tell them that you will never get a girl to lie down in a boat she can’t stand up in, these word echo through my head, I write more numbers on a piece of paper and fax it off to my future, maybe…
In every sailors life there will come a time when we stop playing pirate and become one. A sturdy ship, a hearty wench and the promise of the high seas. If you don’t believe in love at first sight I can’t convince you any differently, but I do. She makes me want to be a better man, to work harder at protecting her and keeping her safe and happy and nourished. Ive sailed and loved many a good ships in my short years on this planet but never before had I been so taken by sheer beauty.
I reflect back to my first sailboat, I wasn’t old enough to drink yet but I already knew exactly what I wanted in life. Her name was Atarah, I didn’t inspect her or ask a single question of the seller, she was for sale and felt right so I bought her and started sailing. Eventually that little weekend cruiser took me to Mexico and beyond. I did my all time longest solo passage on her which was beautiful in so many ways but most importantly in solidifying the simple fact that anything worth doing in life is better done in good company. The simple answer to the question is two“
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
― Henry David Thoreau