Our Story- Who We Are

Our story- who we are: We are a couple who sells almost everything they own buys a sailboat and begins the adventure of their lives.

 greg-dahleen-face-shotOut Story begins with Greg.  We are BOTH: ….active; adventurous; hard-working; middle-class; late-middle age; enjoy riding motorcycles, scuba diving, sailing (duh), beaches, snorkeling, spearfishing, warm weather, traveling; married since October, 2000; have 2 grown children (a boy and a girl); have 4 grandchildren (a boy and three girls); are cruisers more than sailors (they hope to become better sailors), and they can’t wait to begin the adventure of their lives.

 

GREG:  …….  is more of a planner; analytical; impatient by nature; hates to be late; mechanically inclined,  Learned to sail by reading as much as possible about it on the internet, and then started chartering in the BVI.  Had never set foot on a monohull sailboat before buying our first sailboat
ME  ……happy-go-lucky; go with the flow; the eternal optimist; always late patient; kind; I am the left-brainer of the two love to travel. meeting people and learning about other cultures
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OUR JOURNEY BEGAN IN 2006

 While we have only cruised for 6 months (in the Bahamas in 2006), it didn’t take very long for us to realize there were a lot of things we loved about living in the tropics…. on a sailboat.  We did discover that there is also a lot of work involved, that it’s not all fun and games, BUT, the good definitely outweighs the bad.

 Simplicity:

While cruising through the Bahamas we did not have TV, so we read and we have real conversations; we have no timelines, no deadlines, and no rat race, little need to wear a watch; no schedules to meet, no appointments to go to, and no rush. We go to bed soon after the sun sets, and we get up not long after the sun rises.  Your body does get into a real, natural rhythm that normally revolves around the sun…..Sounds good, right?

Now, admittedly, there ARE times of acute stress…strong thunderstorms, entering inlets at the less than ideal times, docking with strong currents or adverse winds, etc., but these don’t occur that often, and when they do occur, they are over quickly and you get back to enjoying yourself and your surroundings.  There are no chronic stresses that reappear day after day after day.

When you live on a boat, you just don‘t have room for unnecessary things. You learn very quickly the things that are extremely important to a comfortable life floating, you keep those (or buy those),and you get rid of the rest. Of course, all my girly stuff had to come on board with me before any other items, i.e. creams, makeup etc.

Activities

We loved the warm weather and the water in the Bahamas are crystal clear with a white sandy bottom and across the surface area the multicolor shade of blue from torque to baby blue to dark blue just breathtaking, the beaches have white powdery sand. We enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring uninhabited islands, shelling, walking beaches, seeing and experiencing the local culture. The people in the Bahamas in the more remote areas are humble and very friendly.  While we do enjoy the solitude of remote anchorages, we also enjoy socializing occasionally.  There are for both.

lobster-hunting

Greg loves spearfishing for food, especially when lobster season is open.  During our time in the Bahamas, he hunted  for lobster, grouper, anything that we could eat.  He would do this while snorkeling/free diving (as opposed to scuba diving), so I would snorkel on the surface as he dove and hunt for our evening dinner.   Sometimes, if there is a beach nearby, I would have Greg drop me off and I would enjoy the beach and keep an eye on him from there. Living aboard is not just being on the water  it’s……

“Wherever we want to go, we go. That’s what a boat is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and sails; that’s what a ship or a boat needs. But, not what a boat is. What a boat really is, is freedom.” 

 Quoted by Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean:     

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