Even after 4yrs of cruising and 8yrs of living aboard, I still meet people who say:
You can't do that...
You can't live on a boat...
Your Wife and Kids must hate it...
I used to think I could talk some sense into them, reason with them, but now I just say.
"You are right, You couldn't do it" with a smile. By the time they figured out what I just said to them, I'm walking away.
02/23/2016, Morro Bay
It was Monday January 25th and I was getting my bags packed for a three week road trip for the Seattle and Miami Boat shows, when there was a loud knocking on the hull. It was Bret the Port San Luis Boat Yard manager telling me that they would be splashing me at 10:30 tomorrow morning. As he jumped back into his golf cart and zipped away, I stood there saying...but but but...I'm leaving for Seattle tomorrow morning. It took me about 5 minutes to compose myself and start the panic. I called Lori and asked her to take tomorrow off from work. I texted the kids that they would be "sick" from school tomorrow and then started frantically to get the boat ready to launch.
A few days earlier, as waves were crashing in the Launch Slip, we had resigned ourselves to that fact that the boat would remain in the yard for the next 3 weeks while I worked the Boat Show Carnie Circuit in Seattle and Miami. Now I had 24hrs to get the boat not just ready to launch, but ready to make the 5 hour trip back to Morro Bay. As I texted Lori, "what could possibly go wrong with this plan?" Well the answer of course was an open through hull that filled the bilge as we were in the launch slips, but fortunately our monster bilge pumps kept the flow manageable until we closed the through hull. On the positive side, the bilge was now sparkling clean after all that sea water flowed in!
So we successfully make the 5 hour motor trip back to Morro Bay, seeing all types of sea life and then 15 minutes after putting the boat on the mooring, I'm in a car and starting the drive to Seattle, again, what could possibly go wrong with that plan?
So what went wrong?
Well the list is two-fold. First the list of things I knew were not working when I left for three weeks, like the shower and how water and secondly the things that broke while I was gone, like the outboard motor and Honda generator start pull chord.
Oh, I could go into the messy text messages and irritated phone calls home, but you know, why rub salt in the recovering wound. What matters is that Lori and the kids were still living aboard the boat when I returned and I will have the boat back to normal living by the end of the week. But to all those out there that think living aboard a boat is all wine and roses, ha ha ha...I should let you read my text messages as Lori and Amy were stranded on the Morro Bay sand spit when the dinghy died and they were swept away in the 30kt wind and 4kt tidal current.
12/13/2015, Port San Luis, CA
July 23rd, that sure seems like a long time ago now. Seasons change, High school football season starts and ends, and here we are still in the Port San Luis Boat Yard almost 5 months later. If we make the 6 month point we might as well change our PO Box back to Avila Beach and epoxy the jack stands holding up the boat to the hull. Sure the 10ft ladder isn't exactly fun and we keep getting sympathy emails and posts on Facebook, but the truth is it just isn't really that hard to be here...on the hard. It doesn't help that FatCats Cafe is just 50ft away but for those keeping an over/under pool we are really getting close.
In fact, if there wasn't currently a winter storm smashing into the boat haul/launch slip we would have already launched and headed back to Morro Bay. The boat is ready and we are not just waiting for calm seas. Of course the joke is that with the super El Nino this year we would be here until May. But the truth is "here" really isn't that bad if you forget about the $30/day is is costing us to remain in the boat yard.
We may have moved ashore temporarily but even Cortez is looking forward to feeling the gentle swaying of the boat beneath us again at night.