kind of a boat
a seasoned seadog choose to live on, if he had over 20
of sailing experience to draw from, on virtually everything
floats? A boat can be many things to many people.
me, it has to be home, but also a vehicle to go wherever I want to be,
especially after I get to where I was headed.
sailing a 22' Venture from California to Costa Rica, I have had more than
enough time for thought on this.
folks at MacGregor thought about this, too, and designed all the right
answers into the
26' puddle-jumping, sea-going, easy-handling and just plain pretty
home on the water.
WOULD HAVE TO
on a sailboat, completely disconnected from "shore-power", to appreciate
"life support". Electricity comes not from cancer-causing high voltage
lines, but from the sun, via the solar panels there, by the flag.
Food, water and fuel are all imported, trans-
aboard the dinghy.
for all of this involves some trials, that come when errors are discovered.
islands of California are a most friendly place to work out the details,
because you can find heavy seas for integrity testing, secluded anchorages
for extended "self-reliance"
and awe inspiring vistas everywhere, above and below the water. It
is an environment
is always more than willing to help in the process of becoming sea-wise.
There are tests,
by the weather, some of the animals, and in some places, shallow water.
rules and potential outcomes are the same as with any test:
#1) Be prepared. Pretty familiar, eh?
outcome#1) You pass. In sailing, sometimes this can be the
end-all test of wits, courage and stamina. Other times, you just
find another way.
outcome #2) You fail. This can be attributed to countless mistakes,
bad decisions and oversights. Old men of the sea are wise by default,
because unwise seamen do not grow old. I offer as much advice as
I can, wherever I can, as you see in this site. By and large, one
this to be true of the whole boating crowd. Please be aware of what
it means to "cast-off". It's you and the sea. As you go over
your lists of supplies and equipment, be very attentive, because one of
the certainties of sailing is that
will be tested. The other certainty is that after all of the time,
effort, money and "sacrifice" of leaving the shore behind, there is a
connectedness to life that is found only in this way. For me, this isn't
just "worth it"