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.
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.
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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