It's about being ready.
Cruising isn't all umbrella drinks and sun-drenched sandy beaches.
It's anchoring and up-anchoring. It's staying in the perfect anchorage long after the fresh provisions have run out. It's hiking to the top of the nearest peak, or bushwhacking through jungle wilds. It's being smart about sun exposure. It's boat maintenance in all kinds of places. It's searching for the last can of tomatoes while upside down in a tiny locker. It's provisioning for 30 days at sea. It's setting off for ocean passages. It's entertaining friends.
And yes, it can be umbrella drinks and sun-drenched sandy beaches.
There are highs and lows when cruising. Get your mind, your meals, and your muscles ready for whatever comes your way.
flexibility is Key
Cruising takes flexibility. Physical flexibility, yes, but mental flexibility too. Knowing what might come your way helps you prepare for it. You spend time getting your boat ready to go; spend time getting YOU ready to go too.
Cruising is preparation
Preparation means planning, understanding, and doing work that needs to be done. It helps if that work happens in the right order: it would be a bummer to go grocery shopping for a long voyage before you made a list of what you need. A successful cruise will involve a lot of prep - of the boat, of the crew, of the food, and of the expectations.
Most successful prep starts with a good attitude and the flexibility to try something new. Cruising prep is no different.