Sea Bounty

While walking along the jetty at Scusset Beach State Park with friends we started picking up trash that had fallen down into the rocks, Dawn has a good habit of doing that anywhere we go and it seems to be infectious. I looked down near the waterline and noticed a fishing rod handle sticking up out of the water about 6 inches. I scrambled down to the water’s edge and reached down and grabbed the foam handle. I expected to pull up a busted or broken rod, instead I pulled up a 7 foot long Penn fishing rod and a newish Penn spinning reel complete with a full spool of line and a lure attached. 

Still not convinced of what I had in my hand I inspected every inch of the rod looking and expecting it to be broken. I didn’t find anything at all wrong with it besides some surface scratches. I figure someone dropped it at high tide and couldn’t get to it. It had not been in the water more than a day or so. The following day I took the reel apart and cleaned all the saltwater off it and applied new grease and oil to all of its internals. 

Months later while sailing off the coast of North Carolina I caught my first fish as a live aboard sailor while actually sailing. It was a King Mackerel.  Not a trophy, and just barely legal, an extra 2 inches but it was a fish. I quickly had it filleted and the fillets in a bag in the refrigerator. 2 days later in Norfolk, Va. it was grilled and shared with several other sailors from the marina. It was a delicious fish and was bounty from the sea, caught with bounty from the sea.

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July 2016

Wow, The last few months have been a roller coaster ride for me. I quit my job, we sold our house, moved into an R.V., and traveled across the country to shop for a sailboat to call home. Now we have found a beautiful sailboat and are under contract to purchase her. 


I’m new to this idea of blogging about my life and think I have lived a fairly boring life for most of it. But, I think this new chapter might be, at the very least, a little more interesting. I have actually enjoyed watching peoples heads explode, or implode, when I tell them what I'm doing, “I sold my house, quit my job and I'm going to live on a sailboat and travel.” Some people try and contain their reaction but you still see it in their eyes. And through their eyes you can see the wheels spinning at a very high rate of speed.  Other people aren't as contained and you can see the excitement they share for you come bursting out. Either way they all have a million questions and the conversations end with, “thats so cool” or “I wish I could do that”.


So with all that being said I am going to try and share my life, as much as and as beast I can with whoever wants to join us in our journey. I am sure Dawn will keep and share her own blog and she is a much better writer than I am since I have to break 18 years of law enforcement report writing habits and get a little more creative in my story telling. I think I will let this be the first post! For those wondering we are under contract to buy a beautiful 1996 Shannon 43. We will begin posting lots of pictures when we have unfettered access to the boat, closing day is currently July 27th.. After that we will begin the process of going through the boat bow to stern port to starboard and cleaning and inventorying everything on the boat… And there is a lot of spare parts and sailing equipment on this boat so its going to be a big job to move onto the boat… Oh well, thats part of the adventure…   Bon voyage. for now