|A pretty normal day on the move aboard Hullabaloo|
With all the research, blog stalking and first hand experience over the last few years, we had some fairly strong ideas about what we thought we would or would not want while cruising. And after so.much.research I never had even the slightest doubt about the accuracy of my preconceived notions. Oh, but I should have!
I had all these grand visions of every evening consisting of sitting peacefully in the cockpit enjoying a drink and a snack in a quiet, peaceful anchorage, being totally self sufficient and never stepping foot in a marina. Yeah, I was wrong. That's all well and good for a weekend warrior, as we once were, but once this becomes your life and not a vacation, the importance of comfort takes more priority than pride, self sufficiency and, sometimes, even money. As it turns out, it sometimes rains or is cold or the anchorage sucks and the last thing you want to do is sit out in the cockpit singing Kumbaya 'til the wee hours of the morning.
We've learned somethings about ourselves as cruisers...
Marina Mavens Pshhhh...marinas. Not in the budget, pointless to pay to stay when you can anchor for free. That's what we said. But you know what? Sometimes there really isn't another option. Sometimes the hot showers or laundry or the ease of hopping from the boat to the dock to get to shore is, well, blissful. Then there's times where it's necessary in case a hurricane heads your way and the boat needs to get pulled out fast. Or, when said hurricane system gives you a week of clouds and rain, sitting in a marina with unlimited power can help bolster morale. And sanity. Oh, yes, we've stayed in far more marinas than we anticipated but we're okay with that because, at the time, we needed it. In the future we're hoping to not get stuck in so many places without anchorages...and that maybe we'll toughen up a little!
|We're not there yet, but it could happen!|
|Something else we've learned: |
Ron will shower outside in 50 degree weather, Jackie will not