I regularly read personal accounts written by people planning on doing or already doing what we've been dreaming and preparing for. The more I read and live it, the more I notice a recurring theme. The "simple" life of a cruiser, voyager, or whatever you want to call us, is... challenging. (I can only speak from my perspective as an average-Joe-still-pretty-green-live-aboard sailor, with somewhat limited means and big dreams.) What I can tell you is, it is definitely not easy living. And I love it.
And yes, I do like reading anecdotes written by people who travel the world, ever since I can remember. I'm a sucker for a good story, whether it is written or spoken. The art of good storytelling is a valued family tradition I cherish. My brothers and father all excel at it, and our grandfather was also an incredible storyteller. With that in mind, here are some stories and thoughts I've come across that you may like to read as well. For very different reasons, they struck a cord.
- Here's one by The Slapdash writer Seth, who goes on to explain how a 2 hour boat-job turned into a 5-day ordeal, I'm still laughing and cringing. His story is hilarious and painful all at once. He's a character, for sure. But this is a fine example of the insanity that can take place. We've had our share of misadventures - but this takes the cake. Click here. (Warning: there are some expletives.)
- S.V. Estrellita 5.10b's article on how long it takes to get somewhere on a sailboat is a clear, concise description on how much we are affected, not only by nature, but by many variables when it comes to sailing anywhere! It reads a bit like a math problem, but in a cool way. (I have never denied that I am a nerd. I love this kind of stuff.) Click here.
- I also really like the blog Zach Aboard. It's more about noting those special moments in a young family's liveaboard life than voyaging, at this point. I like the author's sense of esthetics - her fabulous image-heavy posts are quite thoughtful. Click here.
- Put simply, this next post is an honest reflection on fear. (I haven't experienced an offshore passage yet, but I have felt fear on our boat.) I can relate to the author. Click here to read it.
- I almost forgot to include this one: It's written by good friends of ours on S.V. Scream, who have been sailing abroad for nearly three years now. Click here to read about their search for fresh vegetables in the South Pacific. (I especially like the bit about a little girl's ambitions.)