We sold it all -- our company, our cars, our condo in downtown, and stuff
. And a few days ago my wife and closed on and moved aboard our final boat
(we hope it's the final boat). Every day we've been busy from wakeup to bedtime, and so far we've eaten only one meal a day just for lack of time. Having been a weekender / vacation
boater, I can say that living aboard
is far, far different. We have what is arguably an enormous boat
for two people, yet we both feel like there is very little room to store stuff and move about. We're getting used to it daily, though.
And this morning I made our first breakfast aboard. We've had coffee daily, of course. Some things permit
no compromise. But breakfast always seemed like a luxury, even when dirt dwelling.
So this morning I honored the Dutch sailors of the past, and one of my favorites of the modern era*. I made spekpannenkoek mit stroop
-- Dutch-style pancakes with strips of bacon cooked into them, and sweet maple syrup. We are both quite happy. I think the cruising life is going to suit us well.
The first breakfast feels like the first real day as cruisers.
We are in Jacksonville
for now, at Palm Cove Marina. Any nearby forum members interested in a beer
or sundowner, please PM and we'll set it up.
*Many times I've said that my favorite sailors are all women. Beth Leonard taught me how to sail around the world; Laura Dekker showed me that I can; and Tanya Aebi taught me why I want to. (As to the pancakes, well, strictly speaking, I suppose Laura Dekker is now a Kiwi. Though she was born Dutch.)