Things that make you smile…

Since we decided not to write a book and decided on going the blog route instead, we trust you will enjoy some of the “historic” happenings that made us smile…

Like I said… we are strange… but then we were born that way.

Here is one such instance…
A while back, we were booked to do a charter in the BVI. Two of the guests were arriving on a later flight, so while we were waiting for them, we were bringing the others up to speed as to the facilities on the boat. We pointed out the cold water tap, the icemaker, the drinks cabinet, personal water bottles etc. Eventually I got to the cockpit refrigerator, advising that this is where all the cold drinks such as beers, wines and soft drinks (soda’s) are stored… and in doing so… I opened the refrigerator to show them. They almost had a heart attack… because they saw that I had some coca cola in the fridge and told me that I had to remove it IMMEDIATELY!!

I was a bit shocked at that request, as it just happens to be my staple diet… I am a confirmed coke-a-holic… so I said “Why would you want me to do that?” Apparently the one guest that was yet to arrive was the marketing manager or advertising manager or something along those lines for the opposition brand of that soda and that she would have a FIT if she saw the coca cola in the refrigerator.

After much discussion, I pointed out to them that the soda’s they requested were also in the refrigerator and that unfortunately, we were not some super store that had unlimited floor and refrigeration space to ensure that “HER” product was kept in a refrigerator of it’s own. They said yes, but they did not order coca cola. I said you may not have, but I did… because that is what I drink… and at the end of the day… it is MY refrigerator.

ANYWAY… the lady eventually arrived… and although she was quite visibly not too happy about the coke being in the refrigerator, said nothing.

The kicker was that she wanted to access our on board internet to send a few messages and check her email… and she asked for our password. OK… you have to understand that whilst I have the most wicked sense of humour… and sometimes I push a few buttons to get some kind of reaction… I did NOT instigate this and I did NOT do this to upset her… I did not do this after finding out which soda company she represented… I HONESTLY had set up the password about 2 years earlier, simply because I figured at the time that NOBODY in their right mind would ever guess that our password was in fact…. COCACOLA!!! Trust me… you have not seen grumpy till you have seen the face of someone so visibly irritated in a situation like that. She refused to access our internet and connected to her AT&T data plan instead.

To add insult to injury… nobody in her party drank any of her brand of soda on the trip… we started with 48 cans and we ended with 48 cans that they ordered…. HOWEVER… her loyal subjects sneaked a few of my cokes here and there on the sly when she was not looking…

We smiled… (hmmm… I hope she does not read this post… and if she does… my apologies to those loyal subjects for throwing them under the bus.)

Then there was the “Kebab Stick” charter… no… we shall leave that for another time… HAHAHA – forgive me… I type as I think.

Have an awesome day as we continue sailing up to Bequia

The Nutjobs…

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The Scary Ocean Life

Living on a boat is considered by many to be “Living the dream”. SURELY… life does not get much better than this?!?

Always expect the unexpected on a boat… the wind can come up suddenly, the swell can pick up suddenly… a water hose can burst… a sail can break… a line can snap… you name it… you just never know what will be next!!

This type of thing always keeps you on your toes… so yes… whilst you are “kind of” living the dream, you are always just waiting for that “unexpected” little thing to come along and “brighten” your day.

A nice calm day in Marigot Bay, St Martin

SO… there we were about 2 years ago… sitting on our boat in the Marigot Bay anchorage off St Martin… minding our own business and preparing for a charter. My Admiral was busy getting her menu’s prepared in order to plan the provisions we needed to purchase… which is quite a job actually… I mean, just imagine having to prepare 35 meals for 8 guests (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 appetizers, 7 dinners and 7 desserts)… and one of them has a peanut allergy, one is gluten intolerant, one is allergic to fruit, one to shellfish and one is lactose intolerant… all on the same charter!! Bear in mind that the galley on a boat is not the size of your average restaurant and the chef cannot prepare 20 different meals for each sitting. She has to plan 35 meals that EVERYONE can eat… or pretty close to that, with the odd additional totally different dish for one or two of the guests. So in all honesty, that’s the job on the boat that I would SERIOUSLY NOT want to have. So hats off to ALL chefs on boats that have to do this type of planning.

I was in the cockpit, probably checking emails or messing about on facebook… when suddenly…. I looked out over the railing of the boat and found out that I had been doing something so totally wrong for so many years!!! I was absolutely dumbfounded!! I could not believe that all this time, nobody had ever pointed out the error of my ways. I think that is what disappointed me the most… why had my friends allowed me to put myself in such danger and humiliate myself???

I showed the Admiral and she was also in a state of shock… her face was one of disbelief and horror at the same time.

I thought I would grab my camera and take a quick snapshot of this newfound safety issue that I had missed… so that I would never make the same mistake again.

Apparently this is the CORRECT way to inspect your rigging and or carry out maintenance on your mast… WHO KNEW!!!!

All this time I had not been wearing any shoes when climbing the mast!!! I suddenly realized that all this time, I had been neglecting this obvious safety issue. I was always told, from a very young age… “NO SHOES ON A BOAT” – but apparently that does not apply to mast inspections. We live and learn!!

The things we see, learn and experience living on the water. I would not change it for the world!!

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Hello world!

Nature is a wonderful thing… because you just never know when it will give you a show that money cannot buy!

Welcome to The Crazy Sailors. We are busy constructing this site… so stand by… for some crazy stuff to follow.

We travel, we sail, we have fun, we eat, we sleep, we see strange things, do strange things, meet strange people… hell… we are also strange people… so it could get interesting!!

People have said “Write a book”… but the way we see it is that… once a book is written… that’s it!! We have experiences daily and feel that a book would be great… but a blog would be MUCH better… so if you feel like having a laugh now and again, while experiencing our adventures… then bookmark this page.

We are also going to post a few things from the past here and there… especially those experiences that are extremely hard to forget 🙂  –  (PS: If you think you are going to be the victim of a historic post… and don’t want it to be featured as a part of our “adventures”… we are open to some financial negotiation… ROFLMAO)

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See you soon!!

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