Date: 7 March 2019. Dating for
Boaters - Part 3.
Finding someone to share the journey afloat is not so
easy. This is Part 3 of a series for those seeking a cruising
partner. Seeing a sea turtle pop up his head is so much more
satisfying when you can say "did you see that?" to someone you care
about. I had that with my Bob, albeit via the telephone. Since then
though, well, I miss Bob. You met Bob in the
One way to meet people that share our interests is to
take a class in a subject that can be useful as we cruise. What do
you like to do? Are you heading for the tropics? If so, a class to
learn scuba diving may be just the thing. You will meet others who
share that passion.
As a bonus with
equipment (an air tank or hookah unit) you will be able to keep your
propeller clean. Checking and replacing zincs as needed is important
too. Cleaning boat bottoms is a lucrative business. I have Seaweed's
bottom done once a month.
Levi is the diver I am using
currently. He does a great job at a reasonable rate. Like all good
divers he is busy.
Send Levi a text [330-689-6652] if you're in the region and he might
be able to fit you in.
In Madeira Beach,
Infinite-Descent has a retail store for divers and water
At Infinite Descent diver Kayla was helpful in explaining the PADI
If you're in the area call 727-202-6965 for more
I know a fellow
who took beginning Spanish three times in a row at a local college.
Classes are sometime free for older folks who wish to audit (sit and
listen) to the class. The gent ended up dating the instructor.
Courses in diesel mechanics,
navigation and fishing would all be useful. These tasks can be
learned from a book however a class will put you with others who
share your interest.
Another place that offers classes
is the local fabric store. Most will having beginning sewing
Being able to sew new cushion covers, curtains and more will save
money. I am not an expert at the machine!
Although my sewing skills are not
anything to brag about, my sewing machine is. It's a Singer 221 and
was a gift from my friend Mabe. This is an older unit (circa 1950's)
and does a perfect straight stitch. It goes forward and reverse,
and that is it. There is no zigzag. I like that because this machine is not
complicated, and because it was a gift.
Like many, I
remember the people behind the things I use. When I turn on my
watermaker I think of Bill and Ken. The air-conditioner is Grandpa
Edwin. Two of the solar panels are Bucky. The refrigerator is Michael. And
the sewing machine is Mabe. As you can see, many people have made
this life of mine better. I truly am blessed.
Regarding sewing your own bimini:
They are Much Harder than one would think. There are a lot of
curves. A well made bimini may indeed be worth spending the $$$ necessary
for a properly made unit.
A bimini covering the fly bridge keeps the captain
out of the bright sun or rain at least some of the time.
The best thing though is to
get out there and learn. If the first class doesn't "click" there is
no reason not to take the course again. Sometimes, at least for me,
I need to hear and see information more than once for it to sink in.
When I was younger it seems like learning was quicker than it is
Nothing is as fast
as it once was,
except my need to use the head at night!
The boat I chose has an easily assessable head near my bunk. This is
the schematic of Seaweed:
But I digress...
Librarians are generally knowledgeable about all things local. Those
folks know everything about their communities. Asking a librarian
about nearby activities isn't precisely their field of expertise
however I've never been disappointed.
The thing is this:
when searching for someone to share your life, sitting on the boat
won't work. You've got to get out there and socialize.
One place to do that is in Gulfport
at the ↓ Casino. There is
dancing inside this building.
Outside the Gulfport Casino is a seating area. It
overlooks the tennis courts, beach, park and a nice anchorage.
I told you about that anchorage in
Gulfport, FL weekend dockmaster Tom
This is Tom. ↑ He
is the weekend dockmaster in Gulfport and a great ambassador for the
I find that happiness
increases when I have someone to share my experiences with. Mostly
that is via this website. Thank you for reading.
Part 4 will be posted shortly.
Have you taken any boat-related classes?
And, what courses were most beneficial?
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