When you take the time to order a boat, wait for your ship to come in, and then undertake the painstaking task of outfitting her, you get lost in a dream of what it will be like when it’s all done. You’ve dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s and taken your first cruise to your tropical dream location, followed by a sundowner at the end of the day. You sit and contemplate your life. The years and decisions you made, the good times and bad and everything in between that brought you to this place. Does it actually live up to what you had imagined?
So close and yet so far
I am lucky. Not just because I have Lennie as my wife but because we live in South Florida and the Bahamas are our neighbors. A lot of people don’t realize the proximity in real terms. When you watch this video and see us land on the north shore of Bimini, think about the fact that we are only 56 miles from our own front door. The water, the beaches the culture and conch and it’s right there. You need a boat or plane of course to make those miles and that is the separation that gives the Bahamas their tropical allure.
This trip was nerve-wracking because we had this new boat with all this new stuff, all assembled by humans, and we knew things were going to go wrong. Each day we confronted some difficulty by yelling from one side of the boat to the other at each other “the sink doesn’t work” or “there’s no electricity to the XXX” or “it’s making a noise I have never heard before”. At the end of the trip all those little questions were sorted out after getting a better understanding on how it all worked – and in each and every instance it wasn’t broken, it was us. Of course, on the last day the door handle to the slider broke and we had to take it apart and bring it back to Florida for repair. That’s it! A door handle! Pretty good shakedown cruise I would say
Please enjoy this next episode of sailing SV Happy Together. This is classic HT style and you will watch us get “back out there”.