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I know that pulling sheets and boat maintenance is hard work and will keep you in shape. But much of the time we are in a port (as now, waiting for hurricane season to pass) so what do I do for exercise? I do AERIAL SILK!
Check it what I do to stay in shape (at 56) and come watch me fly sometime in Coquina Harbor, Little River. I love putting on free shows!
Check out the new video at https://thecrabbycaptainandthesunnysailor.com/2018/08/10/just-hanging-around/
 

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It appears that you are in good physical shape, and from those photos I would have never guessed your age.

Keeping in shape afloat is easy - just live on the boat. Keep in mind that a boat, by it's very nature is a great physical fitness device. This is because the boat is constantly in motion, even when tied to the dock. You body is constantly compensating for that motion, even at night while asleep in the Vee berth. You just don't realize this is happening.

When I traveled south down the ICW and offshore, I consumed a lot of calories, but during trip, I went from 225 pounds down to 195 in just 2 months. During the following three months, while my boat was tied to a bulkhead in Marathon City Marina, where there is almost no wave action to speak of, my weight drifted down to 177. I was still drinking booze, eating fattening foods, playing music and loving life.

So, even though you are unaware this is happening, it happens just the same. In my travels I meet a lot of cruisers, folks that have been cruising up and down the east coast for many, many years. Not a single one of them are out of shape. Unfortunately, I have since become a landlubber and gained back a lot of the weight I lost, but at this stage of life, 77-years-old, I no longer care about keeping in shape. I'm having a difficult time just making it to the next week.

As stated in the onset of my post, you appear to be in excellent physical condition, therefore, whatever you are doing, just keep doing it - it seems to be working! :)

All the best,

Gary :cool:
 

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It appears that you are in good physical shape, and from those photos I would have never guessed your age.

Keeping in shape afloat is easy - just live on the boat. Keep in mind that a boat, by it's very nature is a great physical fitness device. This is because the boat is constantly in motion, even when tied to the dock. You body is constantly compensating for that motion, even at night while asleep in the Vee berth. You just don't realize this is happening.

When I traveled south down the ICW and offshore, I consumed a lot of calories, but during trip, I went from 225 pounds down to 195 in just 2 months. During the following three months, while my boat was tied to a bulkhead in Marathon City Marina, where there is almost no wave action to speak of, my weight drifted down to 177. I was still drinking booze, eating fattening foods, playing music and loving life.

So, even though you are unaware this is happening, it happens just the same. In my travels I meet a lot of cruisers, folks that have been cruising up and down the east coast for many, many years. Not a single one of them are out of shape. Unfortunately, I have since become a landlubber and gained back a lot of the weight I lost, but at this stage of life, 77-years-old, I no longer care about keeping in shape. I'm having a difficult time just making it to the next week.

As stated in the onset of my post, you appear to be in excellent physical condition, therefore, whatever you are doing, just keep doing it - it seems to be working! :)

All the best,

Gary :cool:
Thanks so much for taking the time to write, Gary. All good information. I wish you well and maybe you can read our blog and offer some advice there. you can find it at The Crabby Captain and The Sunny Sailor
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Take Care,
Cara
 

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watch out for your sunglasses... I found that cable temples which hook around the ear are the only secure frames unless you use a croakie.

The video is fabulous!
 

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It appears that you are in good physical shape, and from those photos I would have never guessed your age.

Keeping in shape afloat is easy - just live on the boat. Keep in mind that a boat, by it's very nature is a great physical fitness device. This is because the boat is constantly in motion, even when tied to the dock. You body is constantly compensating for that motion, even at night while asleep in the Vee berth. You just don't realize this is happening.

When I traveled south down the ICW and offshore, I consumed a lot of calories, but during trip, I went from 225 pounds down to 195 in just 2 months. During the following three months, while my boat was tied to a bulkhead in Marathon City Marina, where there is almost no wave action to speak of, my weight drifted down to 177. I was still drinking booze, eating fattening foods, playing music and loving life.

So, even though you are unaware this is happening, it happens just the same. In my travels I meet a lot of cruisers, folks that have been cruising up and down the east coast for many, many years. Not a single one of them are out of shape. Unfortunately, I have since become a landlubber and gained back a lot of the weight I lost, but at this stage of life, 77-years-old, I no longer care about keeping in shape. I'm having a difficult time just making it to the next week.

As stated in the onset of my post, you appear to be in excellent physical condition, therefore, whatever you are doing, just keep doing it - it seems to be working! :)

All the best,

Gary :cool:
This is an interesting point. Your muscles are constantly being used to keep your balance or position. While one muscle is relaxed another is working. When heeled the weight of your body is distributed very differently than when on level land. This does use muscles without you being aware. We don't control our balance and so forth... this is done automatically in the background.
 

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Sailing on the catamarans last season was so boring and very un physical I had to do this at 15 knots just to have a bit of fun....
 

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It appears that you are in good physical shape, and from those photos I would have never guessed your age.

Keeping in shape afloat is easy - just live on the boat. Keep in mind that a boat, by it's very nature is a great physical fitness device. This is because the boat is constantly in motion, even when tied to the dock. You body is constantly compensating for that motion, even at night while asleep in the Vee berth. You just don't realize this is happening.

When I traveled south down the ICW and offshore, I consumed a lot of calories, but during trip, I went from 225 pounds down to 195 in just 2 months. During the following three months, while my boat was tied to a bulkhead in Marathon City Marina, where there is almost no wave action to speak of, my weight drifted down to 177. I was still drinking booze, eating fattening foods, playing music and loving life.

So, even though you are unaware this is happening, it happens just the same. In my travels I meet a lot of cruisers, folks that have been cruising up and down the east coast for many, many years. Not a single one of them are out of shape. Unfortunately, I have since become a landlubber and gained back a lot of the weight I lost, but at this stage of life, 77-years-old, I no longer care about keeping in shape. I'm having a difficult time just making it to the next week.

As stated in the onset of my post, you appear to be in excellent physical condition, therefore, whatever you are doing, just keep doing it - it seems to be working! <img src="http://www.sailnet.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

All the best,

Gary <img src="http://www.sailnet.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" />
This is an interesting point. Your muscles are constantly being used to keep your balance or position. While one muscle is relaxed another is working. When heeled the weight of your body is distributed very differently than when on level land. This does use muscles without you being aware. We don't control our balance and so forth... this is done automatically in the background.
Is this what gives you "sea legs"? (I hope i am using this term directly m correctly)
 

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Try raising a fully battened main, or even a jib, by hand on a 40 foot boat.
And I mean by hand, no winch handle. I'm a pretty strong guy, but even I need the help of the electric winch at the end. Pulling up an all-chain, 65 lb anchor without using the windlass is another one.
Been there and have done that. It’s a meaningless measure of fitness.

Btw having to use an electric winch for you get your sail up pretty much to me indicates you don’t know what you are doing!!! Even my old fat post heart attack body has raised my 60# anchor up hand and then hoisted my battened mainsai all alone while singlehanding my 43’ boat
 

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Been there and have done that. It’s a meaningless measure of fitness.

Btw having to use an electric winch for you get your sail up pretty much to me indicates you don’t know what you are doing!!! Even my old fat post heart attack body has raised my 60# anchor up hand and then hoisted my battened mainsai all alone while singlehanding my 43’ boat
You have no idea what my setup is or how much the main sail weighs, yet can judge that I don't know what I'm doing. I invite you to show me how it's done when in Narragansett Bay.
Raising the anchor by hand is not a problem, just dirty, hard work. That's why I have an electric windlass.
 

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Been there and have done that. It’s a meaningless measure of fitness.

Btw having to use an electric winch for you get your sail up pretty much to me indicates you don’t know what you are doing!!! Even my old fat post heart attack body has raised my 60# anchor up hand and then hoisted my battened mainsai all alone while singlehanding my 43’ boat
Btw, I'm not sure why it's a 'meaningless measure of fitness'. If the winch or windlass break, you have to be able to do it by hand. Having the ability to do it when necessary is pretty meaningful to me.
Besides, the topic was exercising on a boat, and my point was, it can be a very strenuous exercise. Sure, you can rig up all kinds of contraptions to make it easier, but that was not the topic of the OP.
 

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You have no idea what my setup is or how much the main sail weighs, yet can judge that I don't know what I'm doing. I invite you to show me how it's done when in Narragansett Bay.
Raising the anchor by hand is not a problem, just dirty, hard work. That's why I have an electric windlass.
OK you have the heaviest 40’ sailboat main sail known and can’t use it without an electric winch. Doesn’t matter to me as it proves the point that hoisting it isn’t enough exercise.
 
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