2013 is set to be a fairly busy and amazing year filled with changes, challenges, and learning experiences. How can I be so certain you might ask? Well actually, I'm not certain ... but hopeful! I know that it will be full of changes for sure ...
...because Aramis, my lovely lovely Newport 27 and home for the past year is up for sale. You may be asking yourself, "Why, Adam?! Why sell Aramis after you've put so much work into her and have had only a year to enjoy her!?" Trust me, I've asked myself the same question quiet a few times. The answer is simple ... the situation calls for it.
Aramis was always a step towards my goal ... but she wasn't my goal. With Aramis I tested if I could, in fact, be happy living aboard a small sailboat. This past year I have answered that question with an emphatic YES! However, my goal of long term cruising and self discovery cannot be accomplished on Aramis. She was always a stop-gap, the boat that was available to me here and now. Eventually, I would find a more suitable vessel.
I just didn't expect one to find me within a year.
Have you guessed what is coming next yet? That's right. I have a new boat! (But more on that later).
Aramis is a very special boat for me. She was the boat that I truly started living my dream on. She has been a learning experience that has had huge ups and downs, frustrations, bloody fingers, oil covered clothes, and "what do I do now" moments. She has been an amazing teacher, companion, and has brought the biggest smiles to my face I have every known. When I look at her peacefully secured to the dock with her gleaming blue hull, I still get filled with a sense of pride and wonder. She really is a wonderful boat. Which is why I'm going to make sure her next owner continues where I left off. She sat in a back yard wasting away for over a decade. I brought her back, let her hull kiss the water again, and have breathed new life into her just as she has to me. She still has some minor projects here and there that I'm hoping the next owner will tackle with as much joy as I have.
Sailboats are magical creatures. Feeling the sails catch the wind and the sudden movement of the boat as she heels over and cuts through the water never fails to make me smile. It's hard to describe just what exactly makes sailboats so mystical ... but talk to any sailor and they'll tell you the same thing. There is nothing quiet like sailing on a sailboat.
Unlike unicorns though, sailboats are real... And if you haven't been on one before, then you need to find a sailor and head on out.
But, you might want to wait for warmer weather. It's COLD outside!
When I have the time I'll tell you all about the "new" boat :) She's quiet the project ... but she's beautiful.
Until Next Time
"Live Simple. Live Green."