Jan 03

Changing Tides

Happy New Year 2016! I didn’t make any resolutions this year since my life is changing by the day. Since Christmas, Mike and I have been lavishly entertained by our Burnt Store Marina neighbors, while we feverishly try to prepare for our voyage south. The goal was not to stay in the marina forever; it was to travel and live on the hook (anchor close to land), so preparations had to be made.

Boat ownership is a complex thing. You want to just “untie the lines” and set sail to the deep blue yonder, but the reality is there are lists of “must do’s”, “need to do’s”, and “nice to have’s”. I suppose when we bought the boat I figured we would be working on the “nice to have” list, but we’ve narrowed it down to the “must do’s” since that nasty cold front that has been moving throughout the country is headed our way.

The reality is that the boat “to do” list will never go away. We’ll always be adding to and subtracting things off it. It’s a common saying around these parts that “Boat” stands for “bring out another thousand”.

Sailing away to distant places means having to give up some luxuries. Luxuries like a car. Yes, we sold the car this week.   I did some major provisioning before the car drove off into the sunset.   Fortunately I have Monica to help pave the way since she has traveled down this road about 3 months ago, and I have to trust her instincts. As far as provisioning, she did convince me that yes, the boat will “swallow” way more than I thought it would. And she was also very convincing about going “overboard” (in my mind) as to what I need to buy.   The reality hit when we actually went shopping and the thought kept going through my mind that once the car was sold, I had no easy way to get to the store!

As far as the new year goes, on Friday, January 1st, we sold the car. On the 2nd, we said goodbye to our friends, and the dolphins ushered us to a nearby island. One the 3rd day of the new year, we had planned to sail to Key West or Marathon, but rain hampered our progress and we are now sitting at the southern tip of Pine Island, Florida.

My new years resolutions are just to keep on doing what I have started with no real agenda or timetable to take me there, and enjoy each day for as long as it will last.



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    • Kay on January 3, 2016 at 7:45 pm
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    That’s the greatest New Years resolution I could imagine for anyone! Stay true to that and keep doing what you’re doing while you’re doing it. Wishing you and Mike the best 2016 ever.

    • Deb on January 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm
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    Happy New Year, you two! Really great NY resolutions! Travel safe…love you guys!

    • Eric Dunn on January 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    Hola Gigi and Mike. We so enjoy reading your updates. We love telling our friends about your great adventure. There are a number of sailors here in Merida….Safe travels!

    • Sybil and Rick on January 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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    Such great adventures you’re going to have. I enjoy reading your blogs and keeping up with what you and Mike are doing. You will want to get Jasmine a sailor hat to wear for photo ops! Stay safe out there on the deep blue.

    • Nancy Alvey on January 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm
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    Way to go my friends!⛵⚓⛵Just be safe & keep all of us land lubbers posted. Take care of Jazzy too! Love & hugs N

    • Terri Glover on January 3, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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    Wow – what a trip my friend!! Please stay safe as I want to see you again and hug you!!
    Let me know when you jus are back this way – love you guys!

    • Sheryl Dunlavy on January 4, 2016 at 10:23 am
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    Happy New Year! Wishing you both the best for every dream you dare to dream! Happy Sailing and be safe! Love you guys.

  1. You guys looked great out there!

    • Tina DeLeonardis on January 8, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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    Nice to hear from you guys. I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo of you filling up for gas and leaving the marina. Looking forward to reading your blogs. Be safe and we think of you guys.

    Tina and Joe DeLeonardis

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