Date: 8 December 2016. Anchor Down by
Noon (policy vs. practice)
First, I apologize. It is not that I have not had lots of guilt
about the lack of new articles being posted. I could give you any
number of Excuses. All would be true and none would encompass the
whole. Thus, I am starting fresh.
meantime I've had a Wish since forever installed. This is HUGE and
will be detailed once I get a bit more caught up.
Pete Boat Show was marvelous. I was fortunate enough to spend two
days there and have lots to share. There are pictures galore to
process and upload.
And now, back to our semi-regularly scheduled words. Trawler
life on a nickel budget is both fabulous and frugal. Cruising requires finding
your own footing while underway. Expecting perfection is a recipe
for disappointment. Things that work for me may not suit you at all. Also
I have learned something: what was the perfect policy in years past
simply does not fit me and my lifestyle now.
I'm on a soapbox today. Here's a
picture of mine:
"Anchor down by noontime" is a policy aboard Seaweed.
Whenever I say something along the lines of "It has always been my
policy" it may be time to pull on the boots. Policy and practice
differ. Things change and life happens. Being adaptable is a
necessity in my view. My cruising style is evolving. I like it
better than ever now.
For instance when chatting with a neighbor we came to the
conclusion that it would be smart to always have the anchor down by
noontime. That sounds wonderful when you hear the words. Reality is
a bit different.
I get tired.
Being rested means I am less likely to make mistakes.
Boating is fabulous. I love life afloat. Getting an early start when
heading out seems to be a good idea on the surface. It was the
policy that worked well for me until a couple years back. Nowadays I am not
always and up-and-at-'em gal. I tend to wake up slowly. Civility
arrives with the second infusion of caffeine.
several boaters nearby who are or were active cruisers. We have long
chats on the aft deck. All of us remember the O-dark thirty
departures. Now I am past the half-century mark and am slowing down
somewhat. I find the
get-up-and-go of my youth has left without me.
Aboard Seaweed I wake at a
leisurely pace. First I have a cup of coffee or tea and relax while
rousing my brain cells. Mornings are wonderful at anchor.
I watch the
gulls and pelicans. Scanning for dolphins and manatees is another
early morning activity. Pondering life while nature puts on a show
just for me is a true delight.
retirement thing is awesome. I do not have to be anywhere.
Boaters should realize schedules are guidelines for the future
rather than carved in stone. My life is written in beach sand.
I move about as fast as a sand turtle until I've ingested a couple cups of
The reality of "Anchor down by noontime" is far different than the
words. What I actually mean is that before noon I would ideally like to get
underway. Of course there are days of sitting tight and reading on
Kindle appeals more, so that's exactly what I do. Have I
mentioned how wonderful retirement is?!?
realization of boating style and timing did not come while relaxing
in the cockpit of Seaweed. Nope. I took a jaunt for a few days intending to
head south and cross Tampa Bay.
The plan was to meet with some other Schucker owners near Egmont
Key. Cheryl of Island Time had planned a get-together and I was
disappointed to miss it.
This is Cheryl on the bow of her
Schucker named Island Time.
The Tampa Bay weather forecast predicted moderately choppy to choppy
waters. I opted to stay on the north side of the bay. I am a wimp
when it comes to wind, waves and open water. Protected places suit
long for blue water boats should make sure they like that sort of
thing. I am a decadence loving woman. For me appreciating wildlife in
protected waters works best. I do like remote areas.
and tranquility are tangible the further away from "civilization" I
get. Of course I also want wifi. There is a dichotomy involved
without a doubt.
is south of the entrance to Tampa Bay,
which is a major seaport.
For me staying at anchor in a safe harbor is always a better idea
than taking a chance on a crossing. Weather windows do happen in
coastal waters if one has patience.
I have got my
(←affiliate link) and life is certainly wonderful afloat. I anchored just north
of the bay off a little town called Gulfport. It is quite nice too.
boats need to be aware of the weather and waves. I listen to the
NOAA WX (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather
station) reports on the radio morning and night. When anything more
than light chop is forecast I stay put. There is no reason to rough
it in less than stellar conditions. At this point in my life I have
nothing to prove. I am into decadence.
people such as myself on small boats need to be careful about
is wind and waves. My boat is affected more by waves than a larger
and heavier boat would be. I take Small Craft Warnings seriously and
Being safe is
paramount. I would rather wait. Besides, I am already where I want to be.
This is the fishing pier at Gulfport.
↑ Two fishermen and a
Great Blue Heron are on the dock. All are hoping for fresh fish.
I am at anchor just a bit to the right of this photo...
Gulfport I ended up anchoring in three separate spots. Having a
Lewmar windlass sure did make moving my home a snap. I am a lucky
Gulfport anchorage in the distance:
regarding anchoring in Gulfport:
The sand bottom makes this a good holding ground. Anchor close to
the dock for easy dinghy landings. There are numerous restaurants
along the waterfront business district. It is an artsy town. I had
fun meandering around.
off on a short five day adventure I did not rouse self and move boat
until after lunch. The "Anchor down by noon" policy of yesteryear is
not me... not now anyway.
I am back at a private dock for the next two months. Departure date,
give or take with weather the determining factor, is 1 February. I am
if you see Seaweed on the waters be sure to give a call on Channel
16. I'm always listening.
What time of the day do you get underway?
And, is that as you imagined before departure?
Pam says on 9 December 2016: Janice, so good to
see your post. Very wise words, these - “Besides, I'm already
where I want to be.” Whether we’re on a boat or not, good
concept to strive for.
Me: I am truly blessed. Seaweed is a wonderful
home. I cannot imagine living any place else. This is my Last
Boat and I will be aboard her forever. That's the goal! It is
why I have spent so much time and money in making her mine.
I am outfitting her not
just for today but for the future. I want her safe, secure, and
most important accessible/usable as I age. The handholds are a
part of that.
Other additions such as a
hot water heater are coming. One day I'd like to find one that
works with less than 1000 watts. I've seen one 300 watt Seaward
Defender.com that certainly has my attention and
interest. I'm saving for that one.
In the meantime I
ordered an Advanced 3-gallon solar shower on Amazon. It's on
back order so I'm waiting for that to arrive. It looked like a
decent unit with a good size. I do use less water now however
it's not hot water. I do like hot showers!
With the watermaker I'm
sure I'll be using more water. No more hauling water Pam!!! I am
That's it from here. I'm
getting the latest article uploaded. My connection is iffy so
I'm hoping it goes through properly.
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