|Captain Scott at the helm|
There is, of course, a catch. As with anything, there is a yin to this yang. What this also means is that Scott must leave us for as many as eight weeks at a time for his rotation. While having a reliable income has made our life at sea a little nicer, it is not easy to be apart for such a long stretch of time (although we will see him on weekends when we are in Grenada). When Scott was offered this position on the boat we spent a long time discussing the pros and cons of such a situation. Should he take the position (more time away, reliable schedule, ability to budget)? Or remain a relief captain (inconsistent schedule, less time, sporadic work/pay)? We chose to accept the regular position because of the stability and the opportunity to work with and for a great company. Despite the weeks he'll be away from us, we'll still be together full time for the remaining 40-something weeks of the year which is still way more "together time" than your average family. Not to mention we'll be fully funded cruisers. These things make this whole situation a win. While I remain positive that this is what is best for our family, the selfish side of me knows I will miss him terribly while he is away. Scott leaves next week for a four week rotation and even though I have said "good bye" to him many times before, it's never easy to do. Such is the life of the Captain's wife, I suppose.
“What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
- Jack Kerouac, On the Road