Back On A Boat, And It Feels Great

I've spent much of my life on sailboats.  My dad was a sailor and taught me to sail at a very young age.  I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, where sailing was always part of summer.  I don't think I need to explain the way sailing becomes a way of life, and such a part of you.  It was something I thought I would never go without... until I went through divorce many moons ago.  We didn't have kids, and I kept the boat, but I lost the desire to sail for some reason.

After a few years went by, I moved to another part of the country which isn't terribly close to any sailable (is that a word?) body of water.  I sold my sailboat to move here, and figured that I would be here for a year or two, then move on the the next place and see how I like it there.  I've been here eight years now.  :)

I met my wife, and we had a son.  That means I am going to be here for a while.  The closest (decent) place to sail is 60 miles from here, so I had never thought it would be worth it to have to drive so far simply to get out for day sails, as I was so spoiled to always be within a couple of miles from water for a big part of my life.

Now that my son is 2 1/2, I decided that I don't want to go through any more of my life without having access to a sailboat somehow.  I want my son to know sailing from his first memories, and for him to go through life with a weakness for the water, and sounds of a sailboat cutting through it.

So I purchased a 26' sailboat, last year, but didn't find a decent marina within a suitable range at that time of year.  I was able to store the boat near a lake, but only had it out for one sail last year.  The bug was beginning to come back, and I told myself that the boat goes in next year. (period).

So after much research, and traveling around this weekend, I was able to negotiate a good slip at a marina with a good-sized lake, within an hour drive.  I am having the boat pressure washed, and I am getting things ready to launch her next Saturday morning with a close buddy of mine, and my wife and son. 

Being out at the marina this weekend, and being around the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of boats and lake really got my blood flowing to get back out there as I have for a majority of my life.  I started to really ask myself why I hadn't been for so long.  How could I let so many years go by without being in an environment so comfortable and relaxing to me...  It doesn't really matter, I suppose.  I am doing it now.

Hopefully there will be many, many years left of sailing, and a great little boy who wants to sail the boat with his daddy on the weekends.
SailN SailN
46-50, M
4 Responses May 20, 2012

Dear SailN, I'll bet I'm not the only one that would enjoy an update to your story. Your son is around five years old now??? I would like to know about his attitudes about sailing. Tell us about your boat. What suits you and what you would have done differently if you were the designer. Tell us about the water you sail. Are there mountains and canyons that make the wind do tricky things? Aw, heck tell us as much as you have time for.

I too lost sailing. I understand and have been looking for a way back. Congrats truly a soulful gift you give your son.

I think you are very right about feeling disconnected. I live in a completely different part of the country from where I grew up, and lived much of my life, and left many of the people and things in that life behind. I think my wife loves that, as she doesn't have to deal with much of 'my stuff', but it isn't really working for me, and I do feel a large part of me missing.<br />
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You're very insightful. Thanks for the comment.

It's funny how experiences we grew up with become a part of who we are. I'm glad you've reconnected with one of yours so you can pass it on :)<br />
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Maybe the feeling of being lost in life has more to do with be disconnected from things that reinforce who we are more than anything else.