I dropped Abe off last night, and I've been trying to figure out what I want to do now. I guess I can go where I like, but I don't know where I want to go. So today I slept in late, washed the boat, and went for a dive.
Then I cleaned the bottom of the boat off. I've got a video of the new bottom, but its big, so I'll try to attach it, but it might not work on this frail internet connection...
I've been poaching internet through wireless from houses near the shoreline, but it changes as I swing on the anchor, so I get internet for a minute and then none for 10 minutes. Oh well, you get what you pay for, I guess.
So I'm finally at the point of freedom. Before, I've had a plan. Before I had passengers. Now I am alone.
The boat is nicely suited for me. Its just about the right size for just me. I can put my stuff here and there and not worry about having to move it. With Abe and Ric, we had to sort through everything a bunch, to find things and to make it all fit. Right now I can leave my sleeping bag in the quarter berth (the one under the cockpit), rather than having to pack it up every morning! Thats pretty much unheard of, for me. Usually I have to pack and repack everything about 5 times a day.
There are downsides, though. I don't have the extra pair of hands to help me do things, and the weather around here is so varied that I think I'll be wanting those really soon. I think thats the true test of a sailor's skill, is the ability to successfully single hand a boat in changing weather. It requires good judgment, more than anything.