This post is from the Wet Blanket Department.
I encourage people who are interested in cruising to follow their dreams, however, I also hope that they'll be realistic about what could be in store for them. Whereas there are many aspects of cruising that hit the over-the-top/fantastic/unbelievable ends of the scale, there are also times that force many people to say, "I'm never going near the water
again. What was I thinking?"
Some cruisers call the Sea of Cortez
the Sea of Broken Dreams. I've lost
count of how many people we met there who had every intention of sailing around the world, got to the Sea and never left. Not that there's anything wrong with that - we love the Sea of Cortez
and are looking forward to returning - but I've seen many people outfit a boat for rigorous water
sailing">blue water sailing only to wind
up motoring up and down the Sea, spending lots of time in marinas
and only experiencing Mexican culture from a very limited perspective. You can take a look at the Marina Seca in San Carlos
to see it is chock full of cruising boats that look like they'll never make it back into the water.
Don't get me wrong - I think that sailing around the world is a very worthwhile dream to pursue. I also think that someone should be aware that at any time during the process of acquiring a boat, fitting it out, shaking it down, learning
to live in a confined space, dealing with weather
, boredom, Immigration and Customs
officials, cost of repairs
, etc, that they might decide that it's not for them. There is no shame in that. Blue water cruising isn't for everyone who dreams of doing it. But how will you know unless you try?
Fair winds and calm seas.