Me, the Author…a real person trying to do real things.
As a kid, I spent 5 years with family on a Taiwan CT 41 cruising sailboat throughout Central America, doing what most kids can’t or won’t imagine. This fueled my imagination, jumpstarting creativity and giving me experiences I can’t ever replicate.
Fast forward through the boring stuff,,,(and I started working after college) and never stepping back onto a sailboat for nearly 25 years. But adventure always seemed to follow to follow me (it’s a mindset) and I found that climbing, mountaineering and adventure travel seemed to fit, but never had many thoughts about cruising or sailboats for many years.
After some intense experiences on various business trips and eventually visiting more than 32 different countries; something inside me knew that cruising and a cruising sailboat with my family was something I yearned for. After three years of research and negotiation, we bought a boat (2014)!
Me and my wife are pretty normal folks, both with full time jobs and two small children. If someone reading this could take nothing else off my website, please know that I believe there’s a boat or sailboat within most ANYONE’s reach. If we could buy a decent boat with nothing down and not a lot of money for upgrades, most anyone can do it. Follow us to continue to read our story or ask me questions if you need advice. I’m no expert at much of anything, but we managed to buy a sailboat and keep her afloat this long, we’re going to continue to muddle through it as we roll along.
My family is important to me; I would not have advocated buying a cruising sailboat without my wife’s “buy-in” and we won’t be heading off into the sunset for a cruising adventure without her or the kids.
My wife is a strong, smart professional who works a full time job, does the lions share of the work with the kids on a daily basis and somehow still finds time to be a wife and best friend. I met my wife at a time when I had given up on dating and we became friends prior to dating. She was also the one who passed the Yosemite test with flying colors (try taking girlfriends tent camping in Yosemite during December and see how long things last). Since then, we’ve survived multiple extended business trips between the two of us and I’m having a blast being married. In 2017, my wife decided to take on a new job challenge and has taken a new job three (3) hours away from our home. This has required her to move. She’s moved onto our cruising sailboat and is now living there permanently while me, the dog and the two small daughters are staying here in the house until I retire. This is a significant challenge for the family, but something we’ll get through as we work toward blue water cruising.
The oldest daughter is 7. She’s strong, adventurous, outspoken and will turn into a rugged young women. There’s few things we do together than she won’t try. She’s currently looking forward to getting her own fish, swims like a fish and can scream very, very loudly about almost everything.
The youngest daughter is still in testing mode at 5. She’s a bit more of a Princess but not afraid of much except bugs. She’s also looking forward to her first fish and can now swim nearly as well as her sister.
Quincy the Dog is a three year-old, 130 pound Great Dane who has a perchant for eating expensive couches, children’s toys, pool fences and barking loudly at most anything that comes into her backyard kingdom. She’s pretty good at stepping on feet, knocking over small children and attacking any sort of running vacuum cleaner or leaf blower. Aside from this, she’s also untested on the sailboat and may or may not become part of the crew, we’ll be doing the beta-testing in 2017 and will probably have plenty of information about Great Danes on Sailboats to share on the blog then.
I’ll admit it, I hardly do email, much less anything on social media, so this blog/website is a step forward for me. This blog isn’t for recognition or instant financial gain. The writing is for both you and me. If I can pass on something that helps you, it’s a win. If I can write and feel like I’ve said something worthwhile, funny, practical or educational, it’s a win. This blog is my art, since I’m all practical, most of the time. And, it should be a two-way conversation, with my voice as the writer talking with you and perhaps you talking back then you want.
This weekend (July 2017) I was down working on the boat and thinking of all the other production boat folks who have either contacted me, follow the blog and I follow their blogs. As I took off floorboards, worked to clean my bilges and get my batteries filled properly; I determined I would use the blog to help others if they wanted to learn my own mistakes and experiences with our production boat. Even if I screw things up or don’t do them the way you might,,,,perhaps you could learn from what I’ve doing.
The blog will focus on doing things on the practical side when possible, prepping and cruising on production sailboats (since that’s what we’re taking to sea) and Sailing as a potential method of treatment for PTSD.