We want to go sailing on Tranquility because there is something we want to learn, something that is difficult to learn when we are on land. We see cruising as an opportunity to experiment and change habits, to grow as human beings through endurance and great times. No matter for how long or how far, going back to the boat is a way to go back to school.
These are the things we are working on:
We want an opportunity to leave the grid, to use it, not to get used by. At sea is one of the last places where you can find an intimate disconnection, and where the urgency of communication can be filtered by the hierarchy of immediate things: sail, get to destination, be safe, be well.
We are learning about serious saving… money, water, electricity, etc. We belong to a generation of abundance and seemingly unlimited basic resources, and we are going to an era of scarcity and careful decisions. Washing and cooking with salt water and treating fresh water as a careful resource, produce the energy we consume, be able to enjoy life without having to spend a fortune (and by extension avoid the stressful life of keeping up with the Joneses).
We can fish, farm and forage, and aspire to be somewhat self-sufficient food wise. Where we can’t produce, we can at least know the producers directly, aka buy local. We are learning how to conserve and enhance food, even without a refrigerator, when every single apple become important, because you can’t go to the supermarket or the restaurant everyday and because you can’t just forget it at the bottom of the refrigerator.
Kate interjects here –> People have become consumers of entertainment at the expense of the ability to entertain themselves and each other. My best times with friends are not sitting beside one another at the movies, but playing games, singing and dancing together. Fabio and I are lucky to find each other very “fun and funny”…and being trapped on a boat together forces us to develop those squidding skills.
We enjoy the empty times of the long days at sea, the opportunity to read, write, draw, sing, play an instrument (Kate’s ukulele), play with Beta, catch dinner and other fundamental activities.
We are learning how to find the less accessible places, the ones that require research or a fortunate event. We want to see things that few people see, because it’s hard to get there or because these places are hiding beneath everybody’s nose. Traveling by boat allows you to go where there are no touristic infrastructures as you bring your own and you take it with you when you leave. Kate interjects here –> If you love a place, don’t love it to death. That’s advice from coastal Georgia.
We repair and mend our own belongings, from vital systems of the boat to our clothes. We would like to have few important things we take care of and we protect and maintain. It’s hard to think about it when you can go in any store any time and get a replacement for few dollars. It’s different when you have to keep your equipment safe and make it last.
We want to learn how to recycle and deal with trash. At home the community takes care of that for you, you put the bin out, they empty the bin. At sea you are in charge of ALL of your own trash, there is no collection, and you need to reduce the impact of packaging and pollutants because you have to carry them with you. Recycling is also learning how to repurpose waste.
We are living more and more outdoors, learning how to endure the hot weather and the cold (we’ve practiced both extremes), the rain and the drought. We prefer to breath en plein-air and not be so separate from nature. We find that nature demands more from us physically, and we become stronger and healthier out there.
We make friends and we have more time and space for people in our lives. We are lucky to make friends whenever we land. Looking for help, information, advice in unfamiliar places put us in contact with kind beings. When you lean to strangers, strange things happen, and we received so much help from strangers that then became friends! Traveling on a boat strengthen the connections that already exists in our life. Before going away on the boat we would talk with our family and friends every once in a while, but now we feel we have more to tell and we desire more tales from them. In some ways, we are more connected than ever.