Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Boats and Babies - I'm Thinking they are Very Similar

Our "baby"
Here are the ways in which owning a boat is not unlike having a baby around*:

1)  They keep you up at night - sometimes every hour on the hour.  A full night's sleep without having to check on them, tend to them, or fix them is VERY rare.
2)  They get you sick - babies are (seemingly) sick all the time, thus getting their parents sick.  Boats aren't all that different.  Scott and I have been fighting some sniffily sneezy snotty nose cold pretty much since Chicago.
3)  The worry (OH the worry!) - always wondering, "Is this the best solution for______? Are we doing the right thing?  Is this normal?"  Constantly thumbing through books and searching in forums to find out if what you are doing is "right".  If you leave them, you are non-stop thinking/wondering/worrying about them.
4)  They need your constant attention - without it, they will fall into various states of disrepair and/or break.
5)  They smell funny at times - babies have poopy diapers, boats have bilges and holding tanks.  I'm not sure which odor is worse (because I've heard baby poop can be FOUL) but the smells on a boat, at times, can be pretty brutal.
6)  You must think of their future - planning ahead is the name of the game.
7)  They (and associated costs) are expensive - diapers and formula are to a baby what halyards and shackles are to a boat.
8) They bring great joy - and a lot of adventure.
9) Yours is the best - enough said. :)

*Obviously, we don't have babies and don't know any of this for sure.  But lots of our friends do.  And no, we don't have any "news".

Brittany (& Scott)


Dan N Jaye said...

This totally cracked me up!

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

I love this post! So true. And yes, your "baby" is beautiful!

SailFarLiveFree said...

Don't forget #10) You love them despite their falls and they love you despite yours!

Katie Schwarz said...

I will allow this comparison only when your boat either poops or vomits on you.

Marie said...

so true!

Windtraveler said...

@ Island bound - TOTALLY!! I knew I'd missed at least one or two...
@ Katie - been there, done that AND bought the tee-shirt! - and I never even blogged about when we overloaded our current holding tank and it overflowed into the bilge. THAT was awesome. ;)

Julie Melissa said...

Brittany, you are brilliant. This is fantastic.

kerry mc said...

sooooo true!!!!!

Lisa said...

Let's see: when you are pumping out and the connection comes loose and the "stuff" sprays all over, is that pooping all over you or vomiting all over you or both?

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