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Return of the Floggin’ Molly

Return of the Floggin’ Molly

I ran back to the cockpit to throw the engine in gear and get the bow turned off and away from the other vessel. Everything was going smoothly when I suddenly heard a loud “CLANK,” and a “SPLASH,” followed by a “RATTLE-RATTLE-RATTLE-RATTLE!!” …

Floggin’ Molly Hard Aground! – Days 21 – 24

Floggin’ Molly Hard Aground! – Days 21 – 24

As I headed into the no-man’s land and pointed my bow at the distant markers, a well known saying in the sailing world that came to mind: “There are two kinds of sailors – those who have run aground … and those who will.

Brian Takes His “Home Office” on the High Seas! – Days 16 -20

Brian Takes His “Home Office” on the High Seas! – Days 16 -20

In another couple of hours, it seemed that my visual landmarks were gradually shifting further and further upwind. A check of the GPS confirmed my fears. The zig-zag line that marked my boat’s pendulum motion on its anchor line was starting to lengthen – looking kind of like an EKG. I was dragging my anchor!

Brian Takes His “Home Office” on the High Seas! – Day 11

Brian Takes His “Home Office” on the High Seas! – Day 11

Times like this give one ample opportunity for reflection. You know – all the “ifs” and “hows” and “whys.” I try to avoid “wouldas,” “couldas,” and “shouldas.” Those rarely do any good. But, I do like to take a personal inventory, and ask myself if I’m happy and, if not, what I am going to do about it. And, honestly, I realized that, indeed, I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long, long time. I had a big dream of living on a boat and …