Saturday, August 16, 2008
Pretty Chuffed with Myself
[Maryanne]You may think this is strange for a person who has lived aboard a sail boat for 6 years - but I had never taken the boat off on my own (Without Kyle aboard). At first it was simply I didn't have the opportunity (Work certainly got in the way, and I while I was at work, Kyle would often set off on his own). Then Kyle was always around anyway, or if he wasn't I was busy doing laundry, and grocery shopping in a strange town.
Of course I have single handed the boat (during watches while Kyle slept), But I had never been the only one aboard and set off anywhere.
Finally this week I did it. Kyle had an early show at the Logan Airport and none of the public transport systems would get him there in time. To avoid another taxi fare, we decided to sail over and anchor by the airport for the night. The next morning I dropped him off at the airport taxi/ferry dock and set off for the 2 hour return journey to our mooring.
AT 4:30 in the morning there was little wind and little traffic. With the Autopilot set, all I really had to do was keep watch, enjoy the view and press the occasional button. It's strange not to be able to share it with someone, but I was also relishing having the boat to myself and making my own decisions - you grow in confidence quite a lot when there is nobody to double check with!
I got to enjoy the city scape at night, with the office lights blazing, and sunrise between the Boston Harbor Islands with calm water and nobody to disturb the view - cool. And of course, Kyle got to work on time.
About time, but now I've done it. I even picked up the mooring ball first time without issue.. BIG GRIN.