As we got closer to moving aboard a sailboat, I worried more and more about Honey.
How would she move around the boat? Deal with cramped quarters? Cope with the stress of moving aboard?
I don’t know why I wasted my time. Honey sails better than I do.
Hard For Human; Easy For Dog
Last Tuesday, we moved aboard our new sailboat.
Nope, no sailing yet.
We’re temporarily stuck at a bare bones marina moving in, getting to know the boat, and waiting to receive ownership papers from the sellers.
Mike and I are struggling a bit. There’s a huge learning curve dealing with complicated and strange systems that are different from anything we’ve seen in earlier homes.
But Honey seems made for life on a boat.
The cockpit floor is the perfect size for napping. She has learned to make a 36 inch vertical leap into our sleeping berth from standing. And Honey has developed crazy good hind leg awareness as she clears the cockpit coaming on her way to the dock.
In truth, I wonder if Honey isn’t getting bored waiting for us to get up to her speed.
Outside All The Time
What I think Honey enjoys the most is what we humans haven’t had time for yet—lazing around outdoors.
If we had a nice day back in Ithaca, Honey would woof to ask me to take her outside.
Once there, she’d lie in a sun spot. Or roll around in the grass.
While we’re sweating down below trying to find places to store all our belongings so they don’t become projectiles while we’re underway, Honey is relaxing in the cockpit—watching birds, sniffing the air, laughing at us rushing around like crazy people.
This dog is so made for the sailing life she belongs in a Jimmy Buffett song.
We’re finally getting the ownership papers from the sellers on Tuesday which will allow us to move the boat.
Hopefully we’ll sail successfully to Cambridge to a new marina with toilets, showers, fresh water, and wi-fi (none of which we have at our current marina; we’re roughing it).
Once there we’ll continue to get acquainted with the boat and get back to a regular schedule of posting and keeping up with all our online friends while we plan our next moves.
My husband has also started a blog specifically about our experiences on the boat. Check out Bimini Dream.
Bear with us while we get settled. But don’t worry.
Honey will keep us organized. She’s a born sailor.
Your Turn: Do you have questions about Honey living aboard a sailboat?