Originally Posted by Tsalta
We have just spent our first full week afloat and the things we thought would be important are trumped by much bigger issues. Iíd love some input from some liveaboards please.
Issue 1. Fitness. At home (land home), we exercise at least 6 days a week. Sailing on a mono always felt like a bit of a workout but the motion of the cat is so gentle and requires no extra effort, we are both feeling very blurrrgh. How do you stay fit?
Issue 2. I think after 1 week we are now alcoholics. How do you not become fat alcoís??
Iím a little glad we have 3 weeks ashore before our next two week stint afloat. I need to detox and drop some kegs.
The thoughts of galley up / galley down etc are wayyyyyyyyyyyyy down the list of issues for now.
Iím assuming (okay, hoping) that this is tongue in cheek or full on joking... but in case itís not-
Taking a weeklong vacation
on a boat
isnít cruising. You could have decided to take a week off to veg out on the couch and watch Netflix and you'd be asking the same questions.
The reality of living aboard
is that almost everything keeps you in shape (cleaning, fixing, sweating, diving
IF somehow thatís not enough than start doing yoga, swimming/freediving off the boat, paddleboarding, use your oars in the dinghy
rather than the outboard
, flip your anchor rode
daily (just for fun)... and if you canít figure it out on/around the boat - then row to shore for whatever activities youíve grown accustomed to 6out of 7days a week now.
Honestly, if you canít find the creativity to stay fit onboard this is the least of your questions/problems to solve before cruising.
Okay, this can be somewhat of a more realistic concern but only because of the issue above. This isnít sailing specific, itís ďnew to retirementĒ specific.
As long as you look at this as a vacation
youíll act the way youíve been trained to act on vacation..
At some point youíll recenter the brain to realize this is now life.
The longer you want it to go on living/enjoying that (which is important since you just presumably met several lifelong goals) the more you need to make good decisions to ensure it.
Iíd suggest finding a way to not cycle on and off the boat (1week aboard and 3weeks off)... in my opinion youíre just begging for another repeat ďsailing vacation weekĒ likely with similar results.
Take off, live the lifestyle full time, clean/maintain your own boat and youíll (likely) find a solution to both points in short order.