To throw it all into a completely different direction I'll take some time and tell you about easy floating stuff. I got this boat. Yes, I know I'm a sailor by profession, but I also like to go to sea during my time off. In addition I like to live close to the sea, and to just sit by it and look at it. The sea, that is.
My boat. With a white hull, numerous sticks pointing all possible ways and everything. It's a Colin Archer boat, but it's not even close to as old as it might look. I like her though, and she's got a nice but heavy rig. Gaff rig, that is. Quite easy to operate, but takes some strength at times.
The sea calms me down and makes me think good thoughts. Give me some good old sea spray, a few good looking clouds with some rain in them, good wind, a camera and some time off, and I'll be there to pick such things up any day. I will also try my very best to make some good use of it all.
En route towards my home town, Ålesund. No sailing this day, obviously...
It's a good boat both under sail and engine though,
and she's got plenty of room and loads of charme.
And when the day is over, the sea spray in your face has come to a hault and the wind has calmed, it's time to get the anchor out or tie up alongside somewhere, sit down outside on deck and talk about it all without shouting. More whispery like. Light up those oil lamps, open a bottle of wine or whatever, and talk to each other for a few hours. Get a few friends on board if anyone care, and if not it's OK anyway. Then later go downstairs and find that fantastic simple but nice bed, open the wooden hatch above my head if the weather is not to bad, and let the tickling of the sea carry me into deep sleep. That's the proper way to end a perfect day, with no thoughts in your head but good and calm ones.
At the end of a perfect day. A good time had by all on board.
We are again facing winter. In just a few weeks there will be snow on the mountain tops around us, and before we can say "sleet" we'll be having it all the way up to our arm pits if I know it's ways, like I do. Not the best time to take the boat out for some proper sailing, as I would probably freeze to death in no time sharp. That does not sound too good to me, so I'll have her nice and tidily tied up down at the pier. It's actually a pier that's afloat, which will keep the boat from being hammered into pieces during the storms that will come in during the winter. Then, when spring comes, I have to get her lifted out for a proper wash before she's off to sea again.
I'm looking very much forward to it all, and hope for a much warmer summer next year. That would do me some good, and give me reasons for loads of deep dreams on board.