If It’s Not One Thing…

My hat is off to other families who manage to toss off the docklines and go sailing with their kids for more than a year or two.  We’re still in the planning stages, but the number of steps involved continues to be daunting.

My wife is correct in that the number one thing we need first is experience, but that along will take years as we shoe-horn some off-shore trips into our work and parenting schedules.   I’m envious of those who built their experience and confidence before they had kids, so that they have a foundation before doing all the other steps (finances, education, health care, re-entry?).

So, as much as I’d like to be seeking out a voyaging boat, it has to wait until we have more than chartering and coastal cruising experience, but there’s no way we’re going to “prepare forever.”  The ticking clock for us is the age of the kids.  For some reason, they keep getting older and larger…

Back on the River

We had fun tonight motoring Bailiwick downriver to Schooner Creek Boatworks.  It was time for the once-every-two-years bottom paint, stuffing box restuff, zinc replacement, thrust bearing check, etc.

She should be on the hard tomorrow and for the rest of the weekend, and we’ll go aboard and look over thru-hulls for possible replacement.

It was just fun to be back on the river again for the trip downriver.  With us, of course, it’s a family affair even if we’re just motoring in the rain.

2007 Seattle Boat Show

I had a great time at the Seattle Boat Show last weekend. I missed the Cascadia Sailors’ Dinner at 7 p.m. because I was still watching the end of a sail trim seminar and then needed to drive back to Portland.

As for the boat show itself, the Delphia 40 was fun to board and check out. Almost all of the seminars I went to were entertaining as well. My big purchase of the trip was Beth Leonard’s new Voyager’s Handbook. Now all I need is a boat to voyage on…

If you haven’t been to a big boat show, check out the free seminars and pick a good day to go. There’s a lot to be learned, and different perspectives to compare. I think my favorite seminar was about the “realities” of living aboard a boat, which is quite different than doing long-term cruising.