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Re: End of Life Plan
I have almost literally been on boats since my teen years and a full-time liveaboard since 1969.
That changes my body has gone through have definitely made a huge difference to everything I do aboard, from sailing to sleeping. Some are conscious voluntary thoughts others are just forced on me by my body.
I can and do still sit crosslegged as we did as kids, but my agility has declined to the point that it is prudent to go from hand hold to hand hold as I move through the inside or on deck, not run out the 30' bowsprit as I did as a teen on the Wanderer, when we were underway.
But, as I'm on board every day, these changes are so gradual, it usually takes an incident to make me aware of my new limitations. So now a lot more thought goes into each action and decision I make. It's hard. I've been doing this stuff for so long it is ingrained in every fiber of my being, and having to decide if I should, even though I always have done something, in the 'regular' way, is very difficult.
But I got lucky. I don't ever have to sail alone, and there are no admirals aboard our boat. My wife is much younger than I and carries a lot of the weight, which means we can sail longer together; which means I can sail longer. And I sincerely think that will be the key to my longevity.
I just cannot imagine what I would do to keep going if I didn't have this to do.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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