It is great that you have gone to the Bahamas
, and I have complimented you on another forum for doing so. Your spirit to get up, and go is a beautiful spirit. I have been there, and done that myself. Just as many here have.
I am wondering if you use ice? If you do then wouldn't it be a pleasure to be able to walk over and just take some from the fridge? I remember carrying blocks of questionable ice from tiny stores in Mexico
back to the dinghy
to keep food
cold. I truly appreciate clean reverse osmosis
ice out of my fridge for my evening drink, or for some ice tea.
Things break, and even on less equiped boats they will break. Sooner, or later you yourself will be repairing something. I found myself hand steering
, single-handed, for 2 days. because my autopilot
broke. I beat into wind
, and handsteered. I couldn't fix it, so instead of going another 600 miles beating. I returned that same 200 miles handsteering again downwind. Eventually something will break. Be it an ice maker, an autopilot
, or a traveler.
Chances are you won't live the rest of your life on your current
boat. Eventually you will want to take more with you to make life easier. Age does that to people. Us older folks like a wee bit more comfort. That doesn't mean we have lost
our spirit of adventure. We too still love to get out there, but because we have earned the money
. We usually don't go in the camping style you are living now.
I bet in 20 years you too will have an ice maker, and a larger salon
. Just possibly more than one cramped berth, and a lot of extras that are your rewards for making the money
. We are all equals here, and we are all going about it in different ways. Once again I must say I love your spirit for just going. You should enjoy, and be proud of your accomplishments. I do think it unfair to scorn me, or look down your nose at me, because I make my own ice.
When things go wrong out there. It just might be the guy with the ice maker that can, and will be willing to help you. I have helped more than one boat in my years of sailing. We explorers, and free spirits are a special breed. Most cannot understand why we do what we do. That is a good thing, or the anchorages
would be extremely crowded. Enoy your time now. Youth is a wonderful thing, but it isn't forever. When you decide to move up in boat size, and gather more gear
, and the day WILL COME. You will understand, and look back on your youth as a blessing.