This is the beginning of my sailing journal. Most of everything you read here was hand written in a journal I kept on board (which contained some pretty illegible handwriting I have to admit). Maybe someday I will turn it into a book? Who knows? For now this is where a new chapter in our lives starts and where this sea story begins. Thanks for reading and if you want to island hop you can use the tag boxes down below to skip ahead.
The dream is now our reality. We are headed towards unknown territory. Just us and the sea. The open ocean is right in front of us. We got just bought our first home. Our sailboat!
We anchored our boat just northwest of the Venetian causeway bridge the first night. It was amazing sailing pass the huge skyscrapers. Looking up towards the career I left behind, the sails fill and every constraint I ever felt dissipated in the wind. The gentle swiftness in the water as we gently glide under bridges. It was a nice feeling, then reality sinks in and we being processing all the information we could. We immediately start to get familiar with our boat. Ryan disappears into the engine room and I wonder around the cabin discovering all the compartments and electrical paths. Its definitely feels much bigger than our 26ft Mac Gregor we had in Colorado, but it feels like home. It feels so right. We may not have it all figured out, but everyday we are learning and making progress. A crash course on becoming a liveaboard. It starts by moving aboard. Next day we make our way to the Pelican Harbor Marina. My heart beating fast as we slowly make our first attempt in docking our new home. We did a pretty good job for our first time I think. Other than having a near heart attack it was pretty sweet. 😉
We slowly empty out our little trailer that we towed in our Jeep and move into our new home. Placing everything it is place, I hope I remember where I put it when I need it later. There is so much storage. Hidden compartments. Nothing can really prepare you how to do this, all I can say is you just have to go with the flow. Go with what feels right, and learn as much as possible about your boat and surroundings. But in hindsight its like I’m 6 years old again playing house. I am a kid again and its fun! I really love my galley. Our berth. Our saloon. Our outdoor shower oh la la. Everything is just right. Pretty freakn awesome actually. Our adventure has begun and a sailing life is in the horizon….. the future is looking pretty darn bright!