Carpe Diem

Whenever, I get the chance, I love to ask other sailors about their boat name. Our name, Carpe Diem, may seem self evident. However, it really goes much deeper than just “good advice”. A few years back, Scott was told he had less than 6 months to live. Colon cancer had gone undetected for too many years. After 6 months of intense chemo... he finally made it. Then a few years later, complications from a double-by-pass almost killed him again. Today he doesn't let his BP and severe diabetes slow him down. Two years ago he lost most of his vision in one eye and partially in the other...and the list goes on and on and on.

Having a boat to work on (along with a regiment of insulin and dozens of medications) keeps him sailing and out of the ER. This boat probably saved his life! I often think “SURVIVOR” would be a good name for our boat. But that would be a constant reminder of the past struggles. So, for now we try to live one day at a time, and carpe diem, “seize the day”.

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2009. Our First Bluewater Sailboat!

Mick Jagger sang “Time is on my side” . That was true for all of us, once. Today, time is trickling away from me faster than the tide…

Realizing the finite amount of time we both have left, I reluctantly went along with Scott’s foolhardy plan to buy this sailboat! After all, that is the main reason we came to Florida… To die while we are living rather than live while we are dead!

So, here we are. Proud owners of a CSY44.  And it’s a beauty. Hope the pictures post ok. Check her out. Buying this particular sailboat was a very tough decision. It was more money than we had, so payments would have to be made. I wanted to spend much less as we still  had huge medical bills still to pay. So buying this boat was out of the question to me. I was thinking of a much cheaper version that would satisfy his sailing lust without putting us in the poorhouse.

Well, sometimes, being too practical can cost much more than it saves.  I realize now, that this particular boat was built for Scott. He is like a different person.  He is determined to live long enough to sail this boat around the world.  He’s already more active than I’ve seen him in years. It’s like this boat has breathed life back into him.