What do you do all day?

What do you do all day? When we were cruising full time this was a common question from land lubbers. The simple answer is “Whatever I like”; a more truthful answer would be “Whatever needs doing, and then whatever I like”.

As a cruiser I was always aware of the two modes in which we operated – on passage and in harbour. On passage you’re working full time to get the vessel from point A to point B efficiently and safely – you’ll be navigating, watch keeping, trimming.

In harbour it’s, if not necessarily party time, then at least a more relaxed atmosphere.

So, what do we do all day? Well, I don’t know what they get up to in the Med or the South Pacific but speaking for Florida, The Bahamas and the Caribbean it would go something like this:

I’d get up quite early, make a cup of tea and go for a stroll around deck, drinking in the beauty of my surroundings. I’d check that my neighbours and I were all anchored where we were the night before, wave to any other deck strollers and then pop below for a spot of breakfast. Over breakfast we’d decide on the day’s activity. There would usually be a maintenance list to work through and that would be tackled in the morning. We might head for shore and do some shopping if the need and the opportunity were both present. We’d have a spot of lunch around midday, catch up with a bit of admin – updating the log, writing or, these days, blogging – and then off to shore for a walk or beach activity or maybe some sightseeing.

Then back to the boat for shower time, sundowners and dinner. Or, perhaps, off to the local jump-up or socializing on another boat. In the busier anchorages there might even be an organized beach party.

And, always, there was the call of adventure. Where to next? When should we go? Check the weather, the charts, and the cruising guides. We’d be off again soon and that meant getting back into passage making mode, getting shipshape again.

It’s a tough life but someone has to do it.