I love cruising, even on my cheaper, sluggish boat ( I refuse to call it a yacht) because:
- I love the saense of accomplishment of making passages - sometimes more challenging ones due to our relative lack of speed and windward ability - and arriving at new destinations.
- I love a night passage
out of sight of land and, on clear nights, sailing in a star-lit, circular dome.
- I love the 'couples' solitude - just the women I love and myself.
- I love living largely 'off the grid.'
- I love dolphins
frolicking in our bow wave.
- I love bioluminescent wakes.
- I love experiencing new lands and peoples without the restraints inherent in resort vacations - without having a gate and a time table.
- I love the sound of the sea.
- I love tuning/trimming my boat to maximize her performance, however modest it may be.
- I love making love to my wife on the trampoline under the stars.
- I hate storms, but I love the sense of accomplishment once you are through them.
- I love how small and insignificant the seas can make me feel.
- I love being able to view the heavens without the interference
of ambient light.
- I love being able to turn a rainy day into a way to augment our tanks
- I love being free to go where I want and, subject to wind
, when I want.
I could go on and on. I feel sorry for those who are frustrated racers and who cannot enjoy the cruising experience without being able to gloat that mine is bigger and faster than yours. I understand them, but I feel sorry for them nonetheless. Whatever they are, they are not in my opinion 'cruisers'. And they are missing the enlightemment that comes with experiencing and understanding our insignificance, rather than our superiority, in relation to nature and the wonderful planet that we all inhabit.