Thursday, November 6, 2014

First Timers

The young hooligans....who really aren't that young!
For most people summers are crazy busy - and always too short. Between our schedules (and boat projects) and those of our friends and family it can be downright impossible for the stars to properly align and a visit to magically take shape...let alone have it work out where the particular day chosen is actually nice enough for a leisurely little day sail. But this summer was different and I'm happy to report that despite a summer of fairly questionable weather, we set a new record for visitors aboard Hullabaloo and almost all of them were first timers!

We've had nothing but support and encouragement and positive feedback from those who have visited (at least to our faces haha) and I absolutely LOVE all the questions we get, the interest in how sailing works (easy to explain - definitely not rocket science) and the wide-eyed stares I sometimes see on faces when people see exactly what we plan to live on. We think our little Hullabaloo has more than enough room for us but compared to a 2000 sq ft house it's not much....we get it.

I'm never really quite sure what people will think about visiting us on the boat and going sailing, but I know we love it so how could anyone else not, right? And I'm pretty sure that first timers don't really know what to expect anyway and that helps keep expectations low...we like low expectations.

I remember this summer as an unusually cold, rainy and very breezy summer (as do other boaters we talked to), but looking back through the pictures, just about every time we had visitors out the weather was decent enough for them to enjoy themselves. Sure we had good wind and some nice waves to bust through when my brother brought his friends out, but they had a great time white-knuckling it on deck (plus we ended the day with a nice relaxing sail on Muskegon Lake). Not so fun if my grandma were out at that time but those young hooligans loved it! Crazy kids.

And then there were the times we had visitors and zero wind and we just motor-sailed and floated around and that was fun too! Plenty of food and conversation to go around, that's for sure.

While she "couldn't live on a boat", I think my grandma still had a great time...
and she can get up to the bow while under sail like a pro :)
No one got sick, we never came back with less people than we left with and we didn't break anything major: I think that's a pretty good record with so many first timers.*

*We try to maintain these standards with everyone, so if you're not a first timer we still want you to come visit and we'll still try not to loose you overboard ;)

Harry and Tineke- How in the world did I not get any pictures taken when you were out??? Boo!


  1. Nice post. We also have gotten more positive support from family and friend that come aboard and are so curious as to how we live in such a small space. I like the low expectations bit too! Best of luck getting through your "last" winter!

    1. Thanks, I need all the luck I can get with this winter!