One of the many good things about cruising is the opportunity to meet and make new friends. As our readers know already, we made the passage to the Abacos with Seahorse, a 43-foot Bruce Roberts. The boat is beautiful, like its people. Mary and Travis brought their good friend, Donny, who also happens to be the broker who helped them find and buy their vessel. Seahorse’s layout is complete different from ours, much more spacious but also more compartmentalized. Sophia was built for occasional short journeys, weekend cruises, while Seahorse was designed as a liveaboard cruiser, sturdy enough to travel anywhere on the planet.
I’m not complaining about our boat, not at all. Sophia is just the right size, and the absolute perfect craft for our needs. She reminds me of the Erikson 39 I grew up on in Santa Barbara. We’re very happy.
But we’re especially pleased to have made these new friends, who are so knowledgeable about all manner of things, and friendly and good-natured. All three of them are outdoorsy people (as you might expect among those who are up for a 500 mile journey on the Atlantic Ocean, 250 or more miles out to sea), and quite athletic.
Today Ryan and I even got up on the Lyra, an arial hoop that hangs from the spinnaker pole. You get up into it and do acrobatic things, and you feel like you’re ten years old again, playing on the monkey bars. And if you fall, no problem! You drop into the water!!!