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When I aqauired Sookie I knew that some day I would set off in her but there was no urgency.  At the time my world revolved around the love of my life Chloe and I had no intention of putting her though a life at sea.  When she went to that big field in the sky my whole world came crashing down. Everything in my life changed and and began to wonder what if?  I’m no longer wondering and I have officially given up the dream.

Sailing around the world

It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on Mike Andersons BCC on that day I swore to myself that someday I would sail this fine ship and a fine ship it is. So far I’ve accomplished every single thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I purchased Sookie specifically for Chloe, as far as boats go, she is the perfect size and shape for my 4 pawed soul mate.  Finding myself alone I began to wonder about many things but most importantly now that I don’t have a life revolving around play time and being the best damn doggie daddy that I can, perhalps it was time to take a contract and get that BCC.  Being single and completely alone in this world I couldn’t really make any excuses not to.

just to completely fulfill my A.D.D. I went about searching and researching every blue water boat ever designed under 30′ I will never again even consider a boat over 30′ LOD. My only primary perimeters were that it must have a full keel and tiller, again, not for one second would I consider a boat with a wheel in this size range.  A stern hung rudder was at the top of the list but I searched all rudder configurations.  I should stop and say that Sookie is a very small boat so my focus started at 30′ and I worked my way backwards.

In the end I couldn’t find one single boat that was better for me other than the BCC and I’ve spent the better part of the last year sailing them, searching for them, studying them and have come incredibly close to buying more than one. The only problem is when all is said and done, I just don’t love them quite as much as I used to and while I love the hull form and deck layout the interior doesn’t really work for my brain.  It’s actually a brilliant layout but it doesn’t best Sookies in any way.  I love the size, weight and all that canvas she can fly. It’s a safer boat because it can drive to weather better in high winds than Sookie but Sookie is actually a better sailing boat even though on paper and in reality a smidge slower.  The BCC has super wide decks, a better cockpit and for all intents and purposes is sexy as hell but not quite as sexy as Sookie.

The ultimate deal breaker is all the complex systems that have been added to these boats, sure I could just remove them all after paying for them but them I’d have a Swiss cheese boat.  The only holes I have in Sookie are one for her fridge and one for her oven and both can easily converted to storage.  So after an exhausting year I’ve given up the dream, I’m no longer searching for a BCC or any other boat.

I will say that during the last year my brain has been poisoned on many occasion by all the fun videos I’ve been watching at night on YouTube. It’s easy to fall in love with those huge cockpits and dodgers and sun awnings and…  A while back a friend asked me why I can’t just be happy with what I have.  It’s a double edged sword, if didn’t constantly seek to improve my life I’d still be playing with that toy boat I made in wood shop.  So we have to always improve our situation, that’s how I ended up with Sookie, by always looking for a better sailing boat. I already have the perfect boat, now it’s time to work on all the small things.

From the log of Sookie, Freezing my ass off in winter.  I spent so much of my life trying to get rid of the things I spent so much of my life acquiring that I didn’t even notice when I was spending all of my time trying to aquire more.  I’ve learned everything and nothing at the same time.

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