I think it is hard and a ton of mental and physical work. Probably has a lot to do with the actual sailor and what they do. I would imagine that the guys and gals sailing on the Vendee right now think it's pretty hard. Probably the crews on the AC72's think it's pretty complicated. It sure takes a lot of effort for the crews of charter
boats to keep them going and their passengers safe and happy.
For me personally, when asked how hard sailing is, I say it's the easiest part of cruising/boating. The hard part starts with having friends join you. On average we have 20 to 25 people join us over our 3 month period of cruising each year. Figuring out the logistics of that takes months. It's absolutely worth it though as we will always remember the fun and adventures. Then there's the maintenance
. At least three weeks per year are spent on fixing crap for me. Most of the fixing is somewhat new to me. I haven't installed motors and electronics
since a baby so it takes time to figure it out and do it right. And something is always breaking - always, every week. Jeez, even trying to source the parts
is a monumental task sometimes. It could be easier if instead of fixing it myself I just called someone and wrote a check, or just didn't fix everything as soon as it breaks. Let it all pile up?
It would be certainly easier to not have so many join us though and either buy a newer or smaller boat
. It would also be easier, much easier, if we didn't in general move on to a different location every other day. Customs
and Immigration is a right pain it the butt. If we stayed in our home country and even our home waters of the Great Lakes
it would have been gravy. I can for sure see how it would be easier if approached differently. Like Sailorboy, I see you are in South Florida
. Do you sail much around there or go anywhere? There are grocery stores everywhere and more marine
stores then anywhere else on earth. It's funny
reading a Facebook group for cruising the Bahamas
. There are sailors who wait weeks and weeks for a "weather window" to cross to Bimini
- I mean it's 50 miles. Constantly they post about when to go and if anyone want's to buddy boat with them. Cracks me up really as they perceive that to be hard and I'd say it's easy.