Hey Cruiser Folks....been reading the various forums
for awhile and truly enjoy the collective wisdom and occasional wit of the community. Presently anchored nearshore and fitting out my Alland 31 and myself for extended cruising
. Both are about six months to a year out from being offshore
capable, as I bring existing equipment
online and install new systems to meet safety
and self-sufficient goals.
This is my 4th sailboat and I have had blue water
experience in Alaskan, Pacific Northwestern, Hawaiian and Mexican waters. Living aboard
on the hook for six months has been enlightening mostly enjoyable; dolphins
swimming by as I sip my morning coffee in the cockpit
makes the work and storms less stressful. Using nautical metaphors, I'll close with a song I wrote years ago.
Two people drifting on a separate course, chance to meet in this ocean of time.
Comparing notes from distant seas, lose the rhetoric to live the rhyme.
Calm and content, we float on our feelings, lulled by the rhythmic sea.
Storm clouds gather off the windward shore while we cuddle on the lee.
A restless wind
soon fills the sails
, lifting anchor
We talk of future ports
of call and just maybe I'll see you there.
I hold this moment close for every sailor knows, you just can't predict the sea.....
as I enter in the log this special note, that once, you sailed with me.
Aloha from s/v QUEAHNUK (Eskimo word for "Thank You", and I do)