Continuing with the reflection of one year on the seas, here are a few more things I’ve learned:
- Fear has a taste. Literally, you can taste fear at the back of your mouth. It’s metallic, and gross.
- How to: make tortillas, repair a stove, cut and rejoin electric lines, live without refrigeration, sew boat canvas, write and publish an article, use salt beef/pork, make salt fish, and sharpen knives.
- If we spend too long on the boat together, without time apart or seeing other people, we will have a big, unnecessary fight.
- 15-20 knot trade winds on a beam reach in the Caribbean is a big, fat myth. You’ll be going to weather, often in 25-30 caused by the island effect. Get used to it.