1. Everything hidden pops to the surface.
All the waste of our life on the yacht goes into special containers, which, understandably, sometimes have to be emptied. Pumping out the contents of the waste tank takes some time and is not accompanied by the most pleasant smells, so this operation is always done as rarely as possible.
In order not to visit the pumping station once again, some may even be tempted to empty the latrine directly overboard. If someone from the crew of a nearby boat, or even your boat neighbours, suddenly decides to do so while you're enjoying your morning swim, the pleasure of diving into the azure waters can be slightly compromised.
2. Get ready to eat canned food. Often and in many ways.
During the long passages you will open the cans again and again until you can finally see what is in them. As an alternative, of course, you can consider a small floating garden, but seriously, there are times when because of such a diet you just start to hate shipping.
Yeah, canned food is easy. Yeah, it's convenient. And yes, they are!
The thoughts of fresh greens and cold beer will begin to fill your entire consciousness. In your dreams and dreams, you will be fishing or even buying an extra fridge, but it will end up breaking some vital piece of equipment that you will fix instead of fishing. And then all the money will be spent to replace it, not the coveted fridge.
3. Your yacht won't let you rest.
Your favorite boat will bring new worries every single day. You will be tormented by constant minor breakdowns, occasional clogged sewers, torn sails and the need to find another strange knock.
If it seems that everything is going well, then the next day you will probably have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair a flooded engine.
And you will not have a chance to get away from work - the solution to each problem will depend on the continued existence. That's the price of a lifetime's dream come true.
4. You'll be tortured by unsolicited advice and scary stories...
A former sailor-knowledger, a friend or omnipresent neighbor who is worried about you - each of them has something to tell about how someone fell overboard, how a murine burst at night, how a mast broke in the middle of the transition, someone fell ill with a terrible disease, and of course about a whale that came up right under the boat.
«Don't forget to lower the gangway before you decide to take a swim - many drowned because of this trifle» - everyone on the contrary will be warned about it.
They're right, of course - things happen. But the real truth is that there's always a risk in everything.
You can prepare for the transition perfectly and still get into trouble. And a dull talker can repel the urge for marine life before you set sail for the first time. Instead of listening to everyone, it is worth looking for smart people who will share really invaluable information about real dangers, and, of course, about the indescribable beauty and joys of long journeys. There are few such people, but you can really rely on their words.
5. A lot can go wrong.
Of course, you have every chance of crossing the ocean safely without tearing off a fake and tipping over the abyss. Even a whale is not likely to jump out on deck, although I do know someone who has experienced this during a transatlantic crossing.
Every sailor knows someone who has acquaintances and has been in serious trouble on the water.
As long as we're at the mercy of nature, anything can happen. People suddenly get sick, storms come, masts break, tanks leak and engines go out. And then lightning strikes and everything lights up. The risk has always been and will always be, so weigh the chances are reasonable and be prepared to deal with the consequences. Writer and traveler Bill Bryson said perfectly well on this occasion: No «matter how rare it happens, one time will be enough».
6. If you take the boat, you'll regret your decision one day.
One sunny day you will think about life, and these thoughts will be light and pleasant as a tropical breeze. But in the next moment you can easily get mad that you are in this boat of your own free will, with which you need to equip the whole expedition to the shore every time there is no yogurt in the fridge, or when you need a tricky bolt, invented exclusively for your engine model. And you will begin to regret your miserable life.
But at that moment a flock of dolphins will run so close to the board that it will give you water and wash away all the sadness.
Sometimes the mood on board will jump with frightening speed between astonishment and determination, alertness and recklessness. Hard days happen, but there will be others - they will enrich life with the most amazing and beautiful events. In such moments you feel harmony with the world, with people, and, of course, with yourself. At times you can be depressed, upset or even scared. But at any moment, you'll feel 100 percent alive.
7. After a long life on a boat, a lot of things on land will seem strange.
If you tie your life to a boat, you'll forget that at some point you'll probably have to return to a land-based existence. It may not be tomorrow, next week, or even next year, but you will eventually have to get back to solid ground. Going back to civilization is not an easy thing to do. It's going to be hard to fight the feeling that you've been locked up or even trapped. It's hard to fight the irritation that pops up as soon as you're in a locked room. And it will not be easy to adapt to social standards of their marine habits - especially hygiene.
Taking a bath will no longer mean immersion in cool, clear waters.
You will have to do without the bright fish, sea turtles with dolphins and without trying to dodge the neighboring motors.
New water taps and advanced shower heads will confuse you for months to come. There will be no more endless scattering of stars above your head in the night sky. As thunderstorms and storms approach, there will be no more waiting for the heart to freeze. You will no longer feel the changing weather and the changing seasons. Going to a completely different world of winds and waves, you put a lot on the line.
Leaving all the usual joys in the hope of finding something more, you always risk not finding anything in return. But that's the beauty of freedom. No matter how long your affair with the sea will last, the inspiration brought to them and the ability to look at the world with wide open eyes will remain forever.