Most of us don’t need reasons why we should go cruising.
Right off the top there’s traffic, crowds, the boss, smog, noise and rules, rules, and more rules. You won’t escape these things entirely by going cruising, but you’ll see a lot less of them for long stretches of time. And you gain a sense of freedom, excitement, and adventure that can hardly be found by dutifully going to the same job every day, following the same routine when you come home, and waking up and doing it all over again. Wouldn’t you rather decide whether to have snapper or lobster for dinner, rum or gin in your sundowner, my cockpit
or yours instead of what to buy at the grocery store for dinner,
which TV channel to stop on for more than 30 seconds, and whether or not you should have another beer because that might be too many carbs for someone who lives the majority of their life as a sedentary, indoor individual? There is nothing like the satisfaction of living a self-sufficient life. We live in a “nanny society” where we can pay anyone to do anything for us, so we don’t have to do it ourselves. We don’t have to care for or teach our children, maintain our property, or even our bodies for that matter, in this day and age of cosmetic and corrective surgery. When you find yourself living on your boat in some remote part of the world, you are forced to figure out whatever situation you may face. I know how to clean, anestheticize and stitch up a wound. I know a little about a lot of things like engine repair, dentistry, weather reading, electronics, sewing, and how to catch and cook my own dinner. Living this way, you realize, this is how life was truly meant to be. The natural word IS the real world, not the identical boxes and crowded infrastructure we force upon ourselves. The beauty of a sunset, an approaching storm, a seabird dipping and circling over the waves. I know why I go cruising, it makes me feel alive.