Our 25th wedding anniversary was last Thursday, December 27. Besides being flabbergasted that we are older than 25 (since we don’t feel like it) and gobsmacked that we’ve spent more of our lives married to each other than not (since we’re not 50 yet), we enjoyed the toasts and laughter all day long.
Then someone said, “Happy Silver Anniversary!”
Oh, right. There are “traditional” anniversary gifts, getting more precious every year. But what about the cruiser ones? Cruisers are, by nature and by necessity, a frugal lot. We are constrained by space and budget. Still, though, the one place we spend?
On our boats.
Count the years any way you want to. Maybe it’s how long you’ve been married. Or how old the boat is. Or how long you’ve been cruising.
1: (paper) Get that boat legal! Documentation or registration of the boat
5: (wood) Ooooh pretty stuff. New paint job
10: (tin/aluminum) Big projects start. New rigging
15: (crystal) Let there be light! Replace portlights/hatches
20: (china) Comfort time. New cushions down below
25: (silver) A nod to ease. Electric windlass and/or electric winches
30: (pearl) Understated elegance. Lithium batteries for the win!
40: (ruby) BLING! Spring for someone else to do the bottom job. CopperCoat, maybe?
50: (gold) It’s time to admit defeat. Trawler!
I could add so many options to each. What are some of your ideas?