An Ice Cube for Tammy
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
Today the sky was clear so Tammy got an extra ice cube in her drink.
Can we take hot, fresh water showers this evening? Only if those storm clouds produce some precipitation. Otherwise it's a salt shower off the stern, with a quick fresh water rinse.
Can we watch a movie? Yes, but only 20 minutes tonight because those damn afternoon clouds rolled in and killed our solar output.
Aboard Aria there are budgets for everything.
For our voyage, Tammy and I made the deliberate decision to go simple. We have no generator, no water maker, no spare freezer, and no AC, among many other things that some will tell you are necessary for the cruise we are undertaking. Our boat is on the smallish side, just 37 feet from stem to stern. These choices have been questioned diplomatically as we make our way (slowly!) toward the Pacific. And the doubters may well turn out to be correct.
A small boat is easier for a couple to handle. And a simple boat is less likely to break down. On a sailboat "comfort" has less to do with an ice cube in your cocktail and more to do with knowing that you can muscle down your Genoa in a blow if a fuller jams, that you can raise the anchor if the windlass fails, that you sail off a lee shore if the engine fails. I must personally have the tools and ability to repair every system on board. We will be in places where the nearest competent mechanic is 1000 miles away. But there are labyrinth trade offs in each decision, and we may well have gotten one or two wrong. Except for the boat, of course, mistakes can be corrected, equipment can be added or removed. We are constantly evaluating. There is no right or wrong answer, and that for me is one of the many reasons I love this.
Talk about mindfulness! There is no choice but to be mindful aboard Aria. Enjoy that ice cube today, Tammy; we may not be able to spare one tomorrow.
Update: We sailed yesterday from Black Point with the mission to find some solitude and a beach to ourselves. We found it at White Point on Great Iguana Cay, where we swam, hiked and beach combed. Today we leave for Little Farmers Cay.