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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2008. Life in a mooring field or a marina

 We are meeting interesting people… there are 4 definite categories I can describe:

1.  The free spirits, unencumbered by society’s rules and conventions.  They range from young and starting out, to elderly and just can’t fathom a life on shore.  They are here for privacy, and also because it’s dirt cheap to live this way.  Some actually work… some never work… some are too out of touch to work  (perhaps living with mental disability).  These folks never move their boats.  And truthfully, some of the vessels they live in look as though they will not move without sinking.

2. Then there are the dreamers…people who have pursued dreams this far.  They actually have worthy boats and knowledge of sailing.  They just need a little more cash before taking off on “the great adventure to distant shores”.  Some started out another day, another harbor…than ran out of money.  So they interlude here.

3. Then there are the part-time cruisers.  They show up for a few weeks.  Live on their boat and love every minute of it, until they must return to their jobs and their other life.   Most of these are REAL Cruisers, they just haven't retired yet.

4. Finally there are the real cruisers.  They slip in quietly, without calling attention to themselves.  With experience and competence they hook their boat up to a mooring ball and quietly head to town for supplies.  Sometimes they will be here for a week or two. (often waiting for a weather window)   Other times a day or two and they slip out as quietly as they slipped in.  When we wake up and notice they left at first light, we sigh and wonder where they headed off to… Mexico?   Panama?  Caribbean?

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