Or-it’s not easy being different and wanting different things than the status quo. It’s a lot of work and when you’re not doing what the masses are doing, you don’t get a lot of encouragement from mainstreamers. Most families do not understand what we have really taken on. We spend our weekends as a family on INDRA-playing, relaxing, sleeping, cooking. I know it seems so glamorous and luxurious- but it’s not and I love it because it isn’t. It’s a simple, stripped down way of life. INDRA is a big boat but she is still a small space for four people and we have to duck, crouch, squat and balance constantly when maneuvering around the boat. It definitely is getting us all into shape just like yoga but it also gives you lots of bruises and scrapes. Merrik and Maliea have enjoyed finding their space onboard. They retreat to their staterooms and spend quiet time alone or they both sit at the dinette and play chess or cards, then they decide it’s time to take part in climbing on the boom and swinging on the bimini.
We have mostly been finding problems that need to be addressed every time we’re on the boat. That’s not very relaxing. The more we dig the more we find. But, on a boat these problems need to be resolved and they can’t just sit unfixed for years like the ones in your house. If they do sit and fester, they could compromise your safety when you go to sea. Right now we are working on cleaning out the sump pump so the pump can do it’s job, and replacing all the hoses with odor shield sanitation hose, the vented loops and the diverter valves in both heads. In the meantime we’re also having an electrician reconnect our solar panels, running lights, deck lights, steaming light, radar, SSB, wifi, and VHF.
So, we are tackling lots of projects little by little. Cleaning and patching has been easy but the big jobs are about to begin. It’s hard on the kids when we need to get tedious projects done and they want to play all day long. They think the boat is perfect and doesn’t need any more work!! But, over the last few months they have become more accustomed to playing on their own and needing to get along without us reminding them to do so. It’s tiring to parent this way but I do believe that in the long run, it will be worth it. They are learning that life isn’t all about them. We aren’t spending every weekend running them to sports games and cheering them on to win. Instead, they are a part of a huge family project. We all have a dream of sailing and they see how much work it is to go after something so daunting-from the beginning-the search for our ‘forever boat’ that took years, to the delivery of our new boat from Seattle that took months to arrive in San Diego, to maintaining our new ‘forever’ boat. It is showing them that tenacity, working together and passion can lead to many memorable moments for our family for years to come.
In the long run, they will come to truly appreciate the amazing things we love about spending time on a sailboat-freedom, beautiful sunrises at sea, quiet anchorages, exploring new places by water, making new friends who love sailing too. I can’t wait to take INDRA to the Channel Islands-Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara soon!!