The only thing more annoying than sailing in a gale is sailing out of a gale and into a dead calm. The life of a budget liveaboard voyager is one of never ending chasing. Chasing the wind so we don’t have to use the motor, chasing fresh water cause we never carry enough, chasing work because we never stop moving for Long and chasing a better use of space because no matter how large a small boat is its always too small until spring outfit in which case no matter how small its always too big.
It isn’t all waterfalls, rainbows and perfect sunsets although I do get my fair share. The task at hand on top of everything else in the world it to rig some lame sort of steering system and a way to safely navigate. It’s always a dance to keep enough sandpaper and brushes without overdoing the budget or missing the good weather in the small doses we get it due to not having enough supplies.
The rudder is done but it’s only the beginning, rain is coming tonight so I’ve taken the day to hunt down exactly what I will need to finish Sookies rear end during the next short weather window. At this time it’s hurry up and wait but I’d rather be onboard waiting that somewhere else hurrying up.
The Brompton has come into her own delivering me in style form place to place as I buy the last little bits of this and that. I was able to skimp just enough to have a box of wine and a shower in the budget. I’m still in my refit stage so as the green rolls in I grab a head of cabbage, a pile of eggs and a bag of potatoes and everything else goes into boat gold as I call it because anything made for a boar seems to be priced in gold. Somehow I always pull off the right amount of refit with some outfit and exactly enough food and fuel to keep the fire stoked. It’s a good life but not for most.
For the most part DINKS “double income no kids” have the best success in this life. It’s really a godsend to have that extra set of hands and income but some of us pirates just aren’t willing to walk that plank. I would say it’s a lot of hard work but I almost enjoy the process while I’m doing it and knowing my boat is unstoppable is a good feeling when your hundreds of miles from your home port. It feels good to finally be back in the throws of it with bits of paint in my hair, tools scattered around the boat, a huge pile of something eatable in my big pot and just enough hooch to sit back at the end of a long day to admire the fruits of my labor. It’s tape pulling day and arguably the best damn day of my life.
“There is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
― Douglas Adams