Monday, November 13, 2006

It is different out here

Cruisers are different. I look at our children. They are not segregated by age or grade level in school. The teenagers play with the young ones. The English-speaking kids play tag with the French and Dutch kids. The Colombians love to talk to the English-speaking kids, everyone struggling to understand but enjoying the struggle. The kids don't hold back--they shout, "Look, there are kids on that boat, let's go over and say Hi!" The adults are the same. Some wear neat khakis and polo shirts, but they're likely to be having beers with a group that looks like pirates, with torn T-shirts and no shoes. If there's an emergency there is no hesitation. Boats converge on the boat that is dragging anchor and tow it out to safe water, even though the owners are ashore somewhere. Someone needs to go to the emergency room and we all open our wallets to lend her money, even though we have never met and don't even know her name. We have no doubt she will pay us back. It might be days or weeks, but she will pay us back. She would do the same for us. I once had someone toss me a $250 engine part as his boat passed by--I found him two days later and returned the part--he never learned my name or even where I was headed. What goes around comes around.

8 comments:

gallagher805 said...

John
I have enjoyed your posts at various places I have been researching lately. Seeing that you are an 'editor', know wonder I enjoy your writing. We are in Ventura getting ready to go cruising. Are you from the Port San Luis area?
Now a technical question. I have been looking at getting an Iridium phone instead of a Pactor unit for my radio. How many minutes do you use in a year? I don't like that the sim cards expire in 12 mons.
Also, how does one blog site compare with another? I haven't used one yet. thank you, michael

John J. Kettlewell said...

No, I'm from the East Coast. Most recently Saratoga Springs, NY. So far I have not used 500 Iridium minutes in one year. I purchased 500 up front. I can't answer the blog question, other than saying that Blogger seems to work well and is free. I like it.

Anonymous said...

John --

Could you post on here something about your Norfolk to Miami Cruising guide? I was about to purchase it when I looked
at the cover and found it had not been updated since 2001. Is there another version coming out soon? Is there an
issue with the information being 5 years old? Please advise.

Thanks,

Pat

John J. Kettlewell said...

Hi Pat:

We're always working on a new edition. Many people don't realize that a lot of the government charts, upon which our book is based, are only update every three to five years. Sometimes they issue new editions with very few changes. We hope to have an updated version of our book published in 2007. I just used our guide heading south in 2005-2006 and there were few problems other than the usual shoal spots. Even the latest charts won't show those as the ICW is supposed to be dredged the whole way. There are also some changes in bridge schedules, which happens every year.

Anonymous said...

John --

Looks like Amazon doesn't have the newest version. I think it is only 2002 that is being sold there. Do you think this is correct?

Pat

John J. Kettlewell said...

Here is a link to the publisher's Web site with the latest information on our chartbook. We're currently working on a new edition. Keep in mind that the U.S. government only updates most of its charts every three to five years, and even then most of the changes are minor. We use the latest editions of the U.S. charts when we update our books. No charts of the ICW will show where the latest shoaling is. The worst areas are currently in Georgia. Use the tide to get through there.

John J. Kettlewell said...

Forgot the link:

http://books.mcgraw-hill.com/getbook.php?isbn=0071387994&template=im

Stacey Collins said...

Hi John-
I just wanted to say "hurrah" about that "Cruisers are different" post. It's so true and one of the truly wonderful things about the lifestyle. We're on land for a few years and I really miss it. We don't even know our neighbors on this street, and nobody's upping anchor tomorrow and moving on....
Anyway, it was a good read: thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!!
Stacey Collins
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