Date: 11 November 2013. Making Friends.
One of the truly delightful things about cruising is
meeting new friends and getting together on each others boats for a shared meal. An
arriving boat into the anchorage is always a thing of interest and that's
where my social secretary helps a great deal in getting acquainted with
the new folks. I know
you are probably thinking that aboard a 23' mini-Schucker having a social
secretary is a bit "much" but there you would be mistaken!
Whom you may ask would take the job? None other than my
Deck Swabbie, aka Skipper:
Skipper is always ready to greet the new boat and if they have a
dog, it is even better.
I met Jill in
Back in Apalachicola while walking in a riverfront park I
met a lady named Jill and her adorable ball of fluff Poppy.
We invited them for a visit and as you can see, the kids had
a great time:
Both girls got along fine, and even enjoyed sharing treats.
Jill was able to tell me about a nearby store that sold dog
treats and was kind enough to bring back for Skipper a bag
dog food. It is simply not available everywhere and
I had not bought any since January so was running low.
Plus, well, it's fun to
have a spot of
Earl Grey tea with a lady now and then. This
lifestyle is predominantly male, but there are a few soloist
gals out here enjoying life on the water. It is fun to be
able to perhaps open land-dwelling eyes to alternatives, as
not everyone dreams of life in a condominium. I am blessed.
Opening horizons to folks who might not ever consider
boating is something I enjoy immensely. I suppose most folks think of
boaters as either extremely wealthy or dirt poor, forgetting there is a
middle ground with room for the rest of us. Goodness knows you can spend all you
have and more getting a Yacht, but that is not necessary. There is a lot to
be said for living within a tight budget, and goodness knows I am having a
Lots of money is not required to travel to beautiful places
such as CEDAR KEY
Too many folks run their mouths about the mass-produced
boats, yet those very boats are getting folks out on the water every day.
And I've got to tell you: I've seen more MacGregors actually sailing than
I have the bigger more expensive "blue water" sailboats.
Recently they have been to both Cedar Key and Bahia Honda.
There is a corollary between the size of the boat and
The smaller the boat, the more likely it is
to be actually used.
Owning a bigger boat doesn't necessarily mean greater utilization.
One of the many fun aspects of cruising is meeting
others who are on their journeys. Last summer I met a couple aboard S/V
Gypsy who were just the nicest! They were cruising on a MacGregor and had
a boat dog too. That pleased my Skipper. She likes new pups and Mac was just
a bit larger than her. Heck, most cats are bigger than my Skip, but that is
S/V Gypsy at sunset. Photo taken by Joanne at Bahia Honda
in the Florida Keys.
Joanne takes amazing sunset pictures. She took one of Seaweed that's a
Joanne and Glenn and their boat-dog Mac took their
MacGregor26 down thru the Florida Keys and had a lovely cruise as you can well imagine. But prior to
the weather clearing for departure to Cedar Key we shared a couple of
meals aboard. The first was on Seaweed and included Robin from Dawgfish.
After dinner over popcorn we watched
Serenity. They had not ever met the Browncoats (as seen in Serenity) so I brought them up to speed.
Side Note regarding Browncoats: You will want to buy first
is a DVD collection of a cancelled television show
that could have been amazing, and indeed was for its short run. In fact
it drew such a following after cancellation that a full-blown movie was
Serenity. Both are great and are aboard Seaweed. I
would even go so far as to say "pay retail" for this duo.
After dinner aboard Seaweed with the two MacGregor's the
following night we moved to S/V Gypsy for fresh caught fish. That day
both Glenn and Robin (of S/V Dawgfish) were successful, and a few hours later Glenn
them all up. I tell you, it was delicious! There is nothing quite like
dining on fish that only hours before was swimming. Joanne sets a nice
table too. Everything was wonderful. We even had wine -- a treat for
and Miss Kitty
watching for fish
Mac and Skipper
included the kids too.
and Mac watched everything
cooking, and then had dry dog food.
They did not seem to mind -- much!
Dinner concluded with a viewing of
Star Trek the new movie featuring the prequel kids of TOS* (The
Original Series). It was interesting to me as I had not seen the show (no
television since 1993) so to watch actors that looked so much like their
older counterparts from TOS was a real treat. The company was great
Another Side Note: Often boaters refer to each other by
either the name or brand of boat. I'm surely in a few cell phones as
Janice Seaweed. There are Mac's, and Cal's and IP's, along with Selene's
and Mainship and Gulfstars... So, whatever you do, pick a good name for
your boat. You'll be using it on the radio and well, can you picture a
deep masculine voice saying "Mayday, mayday, this is Sea Twinkie"?
And worse yet are those juveniles who select a boat name
that is either risqué or plain obscene. Really, that only tells listeners
you are an idiot. Truly it is not cute to be IV Play or some such nonsense.
Try to show a modicum of maturity. Thank you.
That is life from the waterfront... wish you were here too.
I'd love to hear of a fun night aboard your boat. Do
your suppers end with movies too?
What's your favorite science-fiction movie?
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