I canít believe another year has slipped beneath the waves. I think back on the events of the past year and realize how much boating has become such an integral part of my life. I moved on to the boat a year ago this week. It has been rewarding Ė challenging Ė fun (sometimes not so much) Ė and (fill in the blank).
I made the trip down to Key West from South Carolina which really whetted my appetite for long distance cruising. I flew to San Francisco (still one of the coolest cities on the planet) to watch the Americaís Cup, something Iíve always wanted to do. I did many day/overnight trips locally with friends and family.
I really enjoy getting up in the morning and sitting on the sundeck (the ďback porchĒ). The ICW is pretty much my back yard and thereís always something going on. Even during the winter months, there are almost always boats in transit.
Quite often these boats tie up at our marina for the night or for a couple of days. I always try to lend a hand docking with these folks because I know how helpful it is when I dock.
Itís pretty easy to strike up a conversation with these folks, after all, who doesnít like to talk about their boat? Or their destination?
I have found these folks to be a rich source of cruising info, almost as much as here on the forum. Generally, a real nice bunch of people. The folks Iíve met while Iíve been cruising have also been a bonus (well, most of them anyway). I met Michael (motion30) on ďBay ShackĒ in Marathon and again in Key West. Great guy. Hope to see him on my next trip south.
So, as much as I love (?) my boat, itís the people that Iíve met that has proven to be the most rewarding aspect of this lifestyle.
Iím really looking forward to the coming year on the water. Lots of planning to do. Lots of work too. I canít wait for spring also.
I was wondering if the good folks here on TF are starting to make their boating plans for the upcoming year. Any long distant trips or family outings? Any major new ďadditionsĒ to the boat?
I wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year. KJ
PS New Year = New Avatar = New pic of your boat