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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2010. Will We Ever Make A Crossing?

  I read that:
1. of all the people who dream of sailing away,  it’s estimated that about five percent actually 
    go sailing.  
2. Of those who have actually gone sailing, at one time or another, about five percent are 
    ever on the water for more than seven days at a time, (not counting fishermen.)  
3. Of those who have spent at least one continuous week on the water, only about five percent
    actually buy a sailboat to live on, not a fishing boat or a water skiing boat, or a weekend
    cruiser, but a sailboat to live on..  
4. Of all those live-aboards, only about five percent sell all of their onshore possessions, quit 
    their jobs, and leave the dock to cruise coastal waters and this includes the Bahamas.
5. And of those coastal cruisers, about 10 percent ever make a true ocean crossing.

Well when I did the math, out of one million people who dream of sailing, only 50,000 actually buy a boat. And only 2500 actually live on that boat, and only 125 of those couples or individuals, actually sell everything, quit their jobs and go off to see the world.   Considering we are already in that 125 number, Scott now dreams of making it to that last dozen. Stay tuned.