I have had Shiva for 25 yrs and have used her in multiple ways at different times in her life: weekend cruiser, day sailor, offshore passage
maker, weekend "home", live aboard cruiser and live aboard dockside.
Shiva is pretty much my weekend activity these days as I am living on land and work (occasionally) and have land based obligations and activities - such as entertainment or politics or family for example. Lots of Shiva time is associated with maintaining her in top condition and ready to sail. I like to think she is our escape in many ways - from the hum drum, from the madness of NYC
, from the noise
, traffic and smells of urban or even suburban life, or even from a disaster should it strike (not to be too doom and gloom).
I like all of the time on the boat, with the boat, under the boat even when I complain about tasks such as painting or waxing or cleaning
. It's all therapeutic in a different manner and keeps you "in shape" physically and mentally. The latter is about solving problems which are quasi unique to your particular boat because no two boats are the same so you need to work out your own solutions.
And then there is the incredible joy associated with sailing, in tune with nature and unconnected to the concerns of the land based world attached to your horizon (unless you can get far enough away and free yourself from even that).
I can't imagine not having this relationship with my boat and the sea and am so fortunate to have been able to both afford it (barely) and carve out the time to experience it in all the ways noted above. What an an incredible gift we give ourselves when we discover sailing. Land lubbers don't get it... and that's fine with me.