I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.
from Sea Fever by John Masefield
In 2010, we heard the call. It had taken a long time for us to answer. One of us had grown up on and in the water, but work and family and the demands of both had led away from the sea. The other had always loved nature and the water but had no real experience with the sea. Over the years sitting on beaches and occasionally being on small boats during vacations, we had both longed to be on the water. In the mid-1990s, we had looked at buying a house on the water, but logistics had gotten in the way. Then in 2010, on a cruise to Alaska on the 152 foot Sea Lion, the call became irresistible. That fall, we bought our first boat Sea BLyS, a Regal 46. We cruised from Florida to Annapolis in 2011, explored the Chesapeake Bay in 2012, and cruised to New England in 2013. By 2013, with one of us retired and the other close to it, we were ready for a life of long-term cruising. So, like all mariners, we needed a bigger boat.
In the late fall of 2013, we bought our second boat – a Fleming 55 which we named Curiosity. And so we are – curious about the sea and the creatures within it, about new places to explore from the water, and new friends to make among the various ports we will visit. It is no coincidence that Curiosity is also the name of the latest Mars Rover; for us the water is a new and exciting planet to explore.
In this blog – Itinerant Notions – we will share with friends and family our adventures aboard Curiosity and our musings on a peripatetic cruising life.
“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”
from the “Wind in the Willows”.