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July 2010

Cutting the Lines -- Live Aboard Sailors Become World Cruisers

Oh Golly. Now you know. If you hadn't made it through the Pecha Kucha post yesterday and heard the announcement at the end -- if you missed the clues on this blog and Twitter -- if you didn't believe we'd really do it. Now you know. We will not spend another winter in Maine on the boat. In October we are leaving for a gentle sail down the Eastern seaboard, checking in with friends and family along the way. 

We plan to have Thanksgiving in Jacksonville and Christmas in the U.S.V.I. Then we'll sail. And sail. At this point in time we plan to sail back to Maine and Nova Scotia in three or four years. We'll visit ports on both sides of the Atlantic until we're done. Then we will go through the Panama Canal and sail on that side of the world until we're done. 

We're going sailing. I cannot even tell you what I'm thinking or feeling right now. This isn't a surprise to me, but there are "Going Pains". We aren't sleeping well. We are so thankful for our friends and family. We have been feted with one going-away/anniversary party already. This is all precious and important but my words here only skim the surface. 

I promise you more.

For now, I'm getting ready for what I hope is my Last Yard Sale Ever. As I would ask EW when we were painting the bottom of our first boat, "Am I having fun, yet?"  

Funniest Response to my Pecha Kucha presentation? "M", a fellow presenter, had revealed that she had quit her job to focus on her art. At the end of the evening "M" tearfully asked her friend whether this was a good idea. The friend said, "Are you kidding? If that crazy bitch can sail around the world you can do anything!"

Yeah. What she said.

Pecha Kucha Portland - The Creative Process of Living Aboard In Maine

Forgive me for not writing a new post in days (weeks?). I have neglected you and feel like a bad person. 

I have been writing though, as I was honored to be chosen to join some very talented and passionate Maine folk in presenting at the July Pecha Kucha Portland event on July 12. Don Elliot - a talented and committed Pecha Kucha Volunteer handled the technical side of things and posted this video of my presentation. When you have about 8 minutes, tune in and see why we moved aboard and what it's like to live aboard in Maine in the winter. 


Barbara Hart at Pecha Kucha Portland, Maine from Pecha Kucha Portland on Vimeo.