This spring it happened again.
I got bitten by the sailing bug and after that I have been using generous amounts of my spare time to figure out how to get our newly formed family (two adults and four children) a sailing boat and out on the open seas.
I confess that at times I have been a bit too eager.
“Can you PLEASE stop adding a sailing boat to ALL our vacation plans”, my fiancée said to me, with a slightly irritated voice, while we were driving around in the Norwegian mountains with the children.
She had just told me how wonderful it would be to trek over there for a few days, just the two of us. To spend some time together looking at the beautiful waterfalls and walking around in the amazingly scenic landscapes. (They truly are!)
“Yes! But wouldn’t it be cool if we first sailed to the end of the fjord and then…”, I had started my sentence when she interrupted me.
So yes, a bit too eager. I get that. But she understands me, and she does share the dream. And it is good to get some perspective as well, to balance out all the focus.
So here we are.
A family of six and a crazy dream of us all sailing together. One of us has sailed before, the others really not.
The fjords of Norway, here we come! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)
But first things first. We need a sailing boat.
Dear Naked Sailor: Just found your blog. Very much appreciate the information in it, and the wonderful images. I was most appreciative of your comparison between costs of owning vs chartering. We have owned 3 boats, but now at 75, I crew in our yacht club, charter annually in BVI or Grenadines, and still watch boats for sale ads incessantly. Toronto, Canada has similar concerns of a short sailing season and winter storage. We launch early May and haul out early October.
Keep posting and I will follow. The snow is almost gone, and we are hiding out from Covid 19 in the country. Stay safe with you and your families. Thank you, Aaron
Thank you so much for writing and for your nice words about the blog!
We got the boat home from the winter storage last weekend (see my newest entry), so that’s done at least. Don’t know whether we’ll be able to sail much with it this summer, but it is what it is. Just looking at it helps to keep up the good spirit 🙂
All the best to you and stay safe!