The three of us have been spending days and nights this week onboard Patience…on land. She’s laid up at Gravelle’s boatyard in Moss Landing getting some much-needed love from the crew and Ken, our rigger. The days are grueling but rewarding: honest and dirty manual labor. We have paint dust in our eyes and smiles on our faces. Progress is steady. We should be back in the water and sailing back to Santa Cruz for final provisioning in a few days. The shaft log is fixed, the water-maker is getting its final plumbing, and after a full day (and evening) of sanding, painting and buffing, Patience’s hull is finely tuned and craving saltwater.
Downtime onboard is marked by a strange stillness. Patience is made to move.. With the sea and with the wind. For now we cook and read and sleep in the cabin without this natural cadence. Excited as we may be for open seas and distant horizons, deep down we all appreciate, and even savor this gradual transition to life at sea.