50+ Reasons Why I’m Moving Onto a Sailboat


50+ Reasons Why I’m Moving Onto a Sailboat

From our future home — a 35′ sailboat named “Hope”

I’m tired of feeling intimidated by what I don’t know about machines (i.e. diesel engines, etc.).

I want to sleep somewhere with way less light pollution.

I want to fall asleep while viewing the stars.

Hoping our dog, Kaylana (a 13-yr old black lab who had a near-drowning incident as a pup) can fully enjoy the water again.

Our cats will undoubtedly look adorable in harnesses while out in the cockpit.

Our cat, Bowie, will surely want to catch darting fish.

In my life, I’ve sometimes learned to fear certain things, such as swimming in deep waters.

In spite of that, I had spent years learning how to swim as an adult and now love being in the water.

Recently, upon the encouragement of a friend who’s a member of the Dolphin Club (founded in 1877), I took a very, very short and very, very cold swim in the San Francisco Bay. The water that day, according to the regulars, was pretty choppy and the temperature was 48 degrees.

The thought of losing sight of land (from a boat) is both terrifying and exhilarating to me.

I rely too heavily on GPS and have become terrible at navigation.

I’d like to learn how to pay closer attention to the shape of the wind and currents.

I love the uninhibited joy on my husband’s face when he’s on a sailboat (or talking about sailing or near a large body of water).

Would like flip flops, floppy hats, and jean shorts to become my most formal attire.

I look forward to seeing my five-year-old niece and nephew develop a healthy admiration and respect for nature.

The only gear I want to geek out about is that which will allow me to experience more awe in my life.

I’d like to become a serious connoisseur of sunsets.

And become a better steward of the environment by learning how climate change (and other human behaviors) is impacting the earth and what I can do to help foster sustainable living.

To learn more about hydroponics and ocean farming!

To find creative ways to think about storage and cooking healthy meals in small spaces (small, that is, in comparison to American standards).


Because my father almost drowned in a lake as a young man.

Because my sister isn’t able to swim and is nervous to learn.

Because my mother can’t swim, but clearly loves moving around in shallow water.

Although I‘ve learned to swim, I still rely on my fins to help me feel confident.

Because my niece and nephew are bound to be great swimmers and I want to join them as they explore.

Places I’d like to visit via sailing: Azores, Cuba, and more!

To learn how to sail while remaining close to my aging parents.

As my mother’s dementia and Alzheimer’s progresses, I’d like her to continually see me pushing past my fears and also ignoring her advice to get a perm! 🙂

I look forward to schooling my husband, Michael, someday about tying sailing knots!

Collaborate with Michael in documenting the lives of people who have complex relationships with the land or bodies of water.

Be ready to escape somewhere in case this administration screws up beyond repair (hehe…only half kidding?).

Record audio and interviews in unexpected places, with unexpected people.

Brainstorm and help enact ways to enhance well-being for myself and others.

Redefine my notion of “home” for myself.

To take more naps on a hammock or from a cockpit.

To write again with more urgency.

Streamline and feel less tied to compulsive consuming— the internet, social media, etc.

To aggressively pay off school loan debt.

Work remotely and work less.

To own less, yet have more time.


Let go of overdetermined plans and be reminded to stay open and adaptable.

Meet folks who share a love of sailing, of living sustainably, of the arts.

If Thoreau can find incredible inspiration about a pond, I can certainly enjoy living on sailboat on a lake.

And in honor of Thoreau, I hope to gain more appreciation for stillness too.

After a series of sudden losses of amazing friends and family this past year, I’m realizing more and more how time (and how one chooses to spend it) — above all else—is what will shape my experience and perception of life.

I’d like more excuses to simply enjoy.

And an excuse to make these DIY kitty hammocks!

Get back to playing my banjo, preferably in the sun.

Because the last few years have involved some major challenges for my family, which we’ve managed to get through together, I’d like for this sailboat to help us create wonderful memories.

Figure out the best way to cook while underway!

Expand my approach to writing and thinking about creativity.

Source: Medium:Remote Working
50+ Reasons Why I’m Moving Onto a Sailboat

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