IT’S HARD TO COMPLAIN ABOUT BOAT WORK WHEN THIS IS WHERE IT GETS DONE... I tend to be the kind of person that prefers to act rather than dwell over a situation. If there are consequences, I deal with them later, but I think trying is better than thinking about it without acting. This mindset has gotten me out if many hairy situations but admittedly it has also gotten me into some as well.
When I got back to the boat 2 weeks ago, I saw the surf forecast and didn’t want to miss out on the great swell coming up. So, I spent 2 days, the bare minimum, prepping the boat and left right after for the surf. We caught what most locals said were the best waves in a long time and tired ourselves out surfing several days straight from sunrise to sunset. Then, everything electric started failing (autopilot, solar panel charger, alternator, even the radio bugged out and we couldn’t listen to music!). We hit a low point when the engine raw water tube burst open and flooded the boat with saltwater. At the time, sinking seemed like a real possibility until we found the source of the leak and controlled it. Thankfully, we made it to the marina and have been working hard for the past week and now have everything running again.
Maybe we could have prevented some of that from happening with more preparation and endlessly thinking of scenarios that could go wrong. Dani, my crew, said, “I’m surprised you didn’t prep the boat for more days before you left.” The best way to test gear is to use it. So leaving to surf 15nm away from the marina was a calculated risk. We scored some epic waves and when it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped, we had to return to this beautiful marina and put in some work days.
My whole life has been a long series of risks. And I’m going to keep taking them. Sometimes, that has consequences, but it would take a lot to bring me down from the upsides. The failures, to me, are part of the adventure and the learning experience.
Am I the only one who’s a hard headed risk taker out here? What’s your risk taking or risk averse story? How would you have prepped better for departure? Bueller?