The Boatist

Sailboat Ownership, Translation Work and Tales of Minor Adventure

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Talking to Other Sailors

The Dutch Sailor, a blog follower, visited me on the boat on a sunny afternoon during a short holiday in Peniche. Luckily, I was ahead in my work and so we sat down for a long interesting conversation. 

Funny thing, he told me he wants to upgrade from his current 29-foot boat to a 40 footer. I want to do the opposite. It's the old "the dream is always better on the other side of the pontoon" syndrome.

As I talked to this former motorcycle racer turned sailor, freelance engineer...I was reminded that the fun in talking to other sailors is that there's never a shortage of like-minded interests: from anodes to anchors, from transmissions to solar panels.

When two sailors are in the same boat the potential topics of conversation are proportional to their list of things to fix or upgrade. In other words, it's endless. And if sailors live longer than non-sailors, it's because they want more time to finish their list of never-ending tasks. Owning a sailboat is also like having a high-maintenance wife; when you sell it (the boat, not the wife) you lose about as much money as when you get a divorce. [Ana doesn't read my blog, thank God, and I'm confident my female readers will understand that I'm joking...sort of.]

fishing fleet in Portugal
Took this early morning shot shot next to the marina.
In the midst of the conversation, I received a message with a large job for the weekend, for Tuesday to be exact. Absolutely out of the question because I had already planned a road trip to the Algarve, including a stop at one of my favorite anchorages twenty miles up the Guadiana River. More about that in the next post.


  1. "out of the question" is putting it lightly. "No F.W." is the way we roll. The nerve! Some people can only think of working. They watch too much TV and are all caught up on economic crisis's and bull and forget to live! And if they are not working, they are doing 'in" shit like yoga or nordic walking as if they've never been out of an office chair or a couch. If they had a boat, they would understand the importance of a bilge pump over what the eurogroup had for lunch. Of course that's just me blabbing... feeling like an outcast of terra firma (not meaning much, being on the hard with my pump on the kitchen table, sleeping peacefully as the winter gales pass over my concrete canopy). I met an other sailor the other day who said I've got the best boat for the rest of my life. I'd love a 40 footer but would love to trade my 33 for a paddle board! (of course it's late on a Sunday night....)
    Many regards to your female readers!

    1. Never heard of Nordic walking before, had to look it up. Don't trade your 33-footer for a paddle board, you can't even take lunch on those things. I'm getting inspired to write a post about "boat buying pitfalls." I'm highly qualified, as you can see.