Wednesday June 4, 2014
It’s suffice to say we should have been gone by now. Â In the cruising world it’s almost impossible to adhere to a schedule, but we still like to when we can. Â You can see that by the way we rushed ourselves through the Bahamas this year. Â We’re also the kind of people that would rather show up early than late. Â So the fact that we’re still sitting in Miami 4 days after our intended departure date, and still have about 5 days minimum before we can think of leaving, is a bit of an oddity for us. Â That’s because we seem to have everything working against us right now. Â Almost every aspect that depends on us being able to get out is being held up.
At the moment, we have a multitude of things preventing us from leaving. Â I’ve just spend my whole afternoon getting to know the Miami transit system once more so I could swing by the USDA yet again (let’s see, that would be my third visit to their office) to pick up the notarized forms that the vet signed on Monday. If you’re wondering, it was a five hour round trip to go from the boat to their office about 10 miles away, and come back. Â That’s one item checked off our list, but it’s by no means the only thing keeping us here.
We also have a number of projects that need to be done to Serendipity before we drag her across 3,000 miles of ocean without rest. Â Projects that were supposed to have been completed well over a week ago, but our shipment of odds and ends was lost in the postal system and we didn’t get a chance to purchase them again until just a few days ago. Â So even if a weather window came up tomorrow, we still have about three good hard days of work on our hand now that we have a few tubes of 3M 4000 in our possession. Â
Another thing keeping us in this spot is waiting for just the right weather window. Â This one is a biggie, because, well, weather windows are key.
Ah yes, and the last minute project thatÂ justÂ came up.. Â Even though we’ve had three weeks now to deal with it, we just thought to ourselves,Â ‘Hmmmm, we should replace the backstay’. Â The one we currently have up there right now is original to the boat, and we don’t know if we want to trust it to 30 straight days of pressure. Â Better safe than sorry, right? Â As you can tell we’re taking this crossing very seriously. Â You’d think we’re making ourselves out to be the first people to ever accomplish this feat. Â
We just placed an order for a new one today, and even with expedited shipping, we won’t get it until Friday evening. Â The real kicker on this is weÂ hadÂ a new backstay lying around. Â Right in our aft cabin! Â Truth be told, we should probably get a stupidity award for this one. The only reason we didn’t install it with the rest of our rigging after exiting the Erie Canal is that we didn’t have the right fitting. So we kept cruising with the old one. Then when we just came to Miami now and we wanted to run an inner forestay, we thought, ‘There’s some rigging lying around in the aft cabin we can use. Brilliant!’. And so we thought we were. Not realizing that, duh, that piece could still go up as a new backstay once we ordered the proper fitting. Now we’re left to ordering new fittings as well as the rigging for our blunder.
So as you can see, we seem to have just about everything working against us right now. Â If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Â Paperwork, projects, weather….the list goes on. Â You think we’d be cursing the fates, wondering why everything had to fall on us at once. Â Can’t we just get a break, somewhere? Â But here’s the thing. Â When everything works against you, it actually all works out. Â We’re not sitting here just cursing one single thing. Â We’re not pounding our fists sayingÂ ‘If only the weather would change’, orÂ ‘If only that package would come in’. Â When there’s only one thing working against you, when there’s only one thing holding you back, it’s easy to become angry and think of all that could be working in your favor had thatÂ oneÂ thing been different. Â But when everything works against you, you just sit back with a smile and say ‘Oh well, there’s nothing I can do about it’. And then you make the best of what you have.
Well said! Better to be prepared and patient.
Sit tight until everything is perfect. Make sure that Jupiter aligns with Mars (just kidding) and that it literally looks like smooth sailing as far out into the Atlantic as possible. No use leaving anything to chance, when you have the ability to correct and improve things before your departure. We’ve got all our fingers, toes, and eyes crossed and are anxiously awaiting word of your crossing date.
ah ho grasshopper, sit still and you will feel the peace and joy, move, and it shall move with you.
I like your philosophy. We always say that if barriers aren’t piling up in front of you and nothing is fighting you, then you probably aren’t getting anywhere. If the universe is piling up in front of you, then you are probably going in the right direction. Keep it up!
I love your blog by the way.