UNPLUGGED AND UNTIED


I returned from Peru about a month ago and am happily back on the sailing vessel 'Gracious Lady' with my 'Southern man'.
This morning I am waking up at a crazy early hour and am preparing for a two week journey down the East Coast of America on our 42 foot sailboat. 
God willing.
This type of sailing trip is a first for me.
This is the first big adventure on a sailboat which will be sailed not only on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, but also at sea, several miles off shore. 

It's very interesting to reflect on my life right now. 
I lived a minimalistic life raising my daughter as an only parent,
a minimalistic life living in my van for a year,
a minimalistic life backpacking from NYC to MIAMi, 
and I now live a minimalistic life while I float on water. 

Some may think that living on a sailboat isn't minimalistic but I beg to differ. We are two people on a vessel that is 40 feet long and 13 feet wide. Space for personal items is minimal and 'personal space' is practically non existent. Since inside of the boat is small, we tend to be outside more in the fresh air and we share our personal space with the sea creatures. 
Dolphins, manatees and seabirds are our entertainment who also share in our unplugged and untied existence..

Sailing life is very unpredictable which requires 'quick thinking' and instinctual behavior. It keeps us young, active and healthy. We go with the flow and accept what God gives us, 
even if it's challenging,
especially when it's challenging. 
This is our life and we love it, and this journey marks the beginning of a new chapter in it.
We will aggressively, yet passively, sail from Beaufort, South Carolina to the Florida Keys and then up around to the Gulf Coast and land at Fort Myers Beach, Florida. 
This is the 'plan' but anything can change that. 
Weather tells us when, 
our skills tell us how,
and only God knows why.
We are definitely the happiest when we are 'untied and unplugged' and someday we will completely be 'off the grid',
in Godspeed.

*****
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Beaufort, South Carolina
4:16am

I'm wide awake so I get out of bed. 
I know there's no sense in trying to sleep anymore so instead I get up and turn on the coffee pot. While it brews, I quietly slip into my 'Southern mans' room and give him an early morning snuggle. He asks me what time it is and I tell him that it's still early and he needs to sleep in. 
He sleepily says, 'okay'.
Though we aren't untying the boat lines until later this morning, I have a few things to do before we set sail and I want to do it without rushing and without bopping up and down at sea. Also, having access to 'shore power', the electric power that is plugged in to the boat from the marina dock, is a luxury and I want to finish up some things that are easier done when I have it. My coffee pot, electric pan and microwave only work while plugged in and as soon as we untie, they are instantly gone. 
For the most part, this isn't much of a loss because most of our boat lights are run from the boat generator and we have a special 'cigarette lighter' system wired into our battery so we can charge up our phones and notebooks with a special adapter. The refrigerator will still work as long as the engine works, and as long as the engine works, we will have basic commodities. 
Without electrical power, we only lose things that heat up like hot water and electrical cooking appliances and those things aren't necessities. However, this morning I do take advantage of the shore power that we still have and turn on the electric heater as soon as I get up to get the chill out of the boat and to dry the air. 

I also boil some eggs for 'quick grab' protein meals which will come in handy in the middle of the night. We will eat them whole or as deviled eggs. While the eggs boil, I perk some extra coffee and put it in the refrigerator so I only will need to warm it up later or drink it as iced coffee while at sea. Usually I would make fresh coffee every day but today I am trying to alleviate as many cooking chores as possible because I will be alternating sailing with my Captain all day and night.

When at sea, I use the camping stove for all cooking and it's great. It's incredibly efficient and the small gas canisters last a really long time, almost a week.  The camping stove not only has great heating power for cooking, but it also heats up a room which could be welcomed when the sun goes down and the nighttime brings us 50° temperatures. I may bring it into the cockpit later. 
With that said, neither one of us have a huge winter wardrobe on board but we do have enough layers to keep us warm in the middle of the night while sailing or if we are sleeping below. I also have plenty of blankets and of course, there's always hugs.

The sun is up and so is my man. 
It's time to top off our water tank, pump out our waste tank and take one more shower. We reviewed our navigation plan last night and my 'Southern man' taught me how to use the Navionics app which will be our primary navigation source.
Soon we will untie, unplug and set sail.

I'm so excited!

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