A life spent mostly aboard a smallish sailing craft is finally beginning to solidify. As the last hurrah of the so-called Vancouver winter began, Jason and I signed up for sailing lessons, which start and end in March. The focus is on cruising (the common term for being a liveaboard) as well as daysailing, but the course is broken up into three evenings in the classroom and three full days out on the water. That fits our schedules better than the 5-day liveaboard courses offered by most sailing schools. The boat will be a 24-footer, so somewhat smaller than ours, which is fine, since the basics are the same.
We can’t wait for the weather to warm up, so that we can fully begin preparations for moving onto Tomahawk in the summer. It’s going to be an adventure and a challenge, but we intend to stay for the summer, at least. How things unfold in the fall remains to be seen.
We have a few concerns, mostly about the engine starting, since it has been sitting for so long and we’ve had trouble with it in the past. It’s also going to be expensive to get everything ready, but we will save a lot of money on rent in the long run. Hopefully, it will all balance out in the end.
Within a few months, we may be making our first overnight trip all by ourselves! Even a short excursion around the bay would be an accomplishment at this point.