sailing is stupid and i love it

Sailing is Stupid (and splendid, here’s why)

Being on a boat in a spectacular place on a beautiful day is splendid.  But sailing isn’t the fastest, easiest, or most comfortable way to travel or live.

So why do we revel in discomfort?  This is a question I ask myself after every sleepless night or rough voyage across a sporting sea (we sailors say sporting so it doesn’t sound like we’re complaining).  Because being a liveaboard, is a very mixed bag. It’s completely impractical and yet we think it’s the greatest way to exist on the planet.  We love it and here is a theory on why.

We humans crave a good dose of adversity.  We need struggle, growth, emotionality, aspiration, and conflict.  Because when we overcome, achieve, or reach the other side we feel fulfilled.  It makes life exciting and meaningful.  AKA, a life of adventure.

an unusual and exciting or daring experience.

So, while we may claim to live simply (because we have less space or fewer things because we have nowhere to put them), life aboard a moving vessel is anything but simple.  It is complex and challenging and that is precisely why we are drawn to it.  Like a moth to a flame.


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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (14)

  • Jason Hunter

    Love your vids and seeing a different way of life. Since I don’t enjoy most tv shows I pretty much just repeat your playlist for entertainment and background.

    That said, I just re-watched your first engine oil change. I ran across something when I was about to service my lawnmower you might want to check out since I saw you have a vacuum. If you give it a go, just make sure the container you use isn’t flimsy or it will collapse under the negative vacuum pressure. But I’m sure you would test that before dropping it into your oil reservoir anyway 😉

    Here’s the quick simple vid I came across:

    Fair seas, beautiful weather and amazing adventures to you both–in land, sea and life!

    Jason Hunter.

  • Michael

    This is a good video for the insights it brought to us. Listening and watching; there was much to learn. Thank you very much, and safe sailing to you both.

  • Pam McClure

    I even like your commercials.

  • Gary

    With winter coming to New Zealand what are your plans for the coming months?

  • Alan Solomon

    Thank you for the wonderful video. Another enjoyable excerpt to check out.
    I like stormy weather. However, I have never experienced stormy weather in an ocean. As I expected per this video, it is unpredictable and hardly any control.
    It looked pretty crazy out there. Someone inexperienced would likely freak out and make a mistake out of desperation or something. You guys take it head, challenge the unknown and are always in control when it comes to Curiosity.
    Anchors away and all that.

  • Diane

    Have often wondered about Jason’s moms love for Van life-is she still living in a van -how does she like it and does she have a YouTube channel? Thanks 👋👋hope you might mention this in your vlogs.

    • Curious Minion

      She is still living in her van and has recently upgraded her solar! She doesn’t have a YouTube channel but you can follow her adventures on InstaGram @Marys_Van
      Curious Minion

  • Steve john Gibbons

    You’ve arrived at another of NZ many treasures. Have a great week and look forward to next Mondays update.

  • Ron whiles

    Enjoy your videos. Be safe, have fun. Full sails.

  • mary van

    Happy to see you out on the water making your way to new adventures. Makes a mom happy! 🙂

  • Hank Heyns

    Hi Guys, Glad to see you back on the blue.

    Always wondered could either of you sail the Curiosity alone if need be?

  • Rich

    Well, I could have done without this week’s video in exchange for the knowledge that you each had your own private beach and an anchorage to yourselves. 🙂

    • Peter

      Totally understand sailing is stupid. Sailed from Nova Scotia to New Port RI. Had to zig zag myself. Loved it!!
      Quick story, training my son to sail and we were out off Nova Scotia about 200 miles. One of my tips to my son is to keep an eye out for logs. After I said this, He looked out at the ocean and said ” like that one dad” pointing to a huge log. I almost “S#&#” and calmly said yes son. Thanks!

  • Bobbie Stafford

    I have wanted to tell you about my husband and I wanting to live on a sailboat. We bought a 1936 Morgan in 1972 and left Pensacola, Fl and sailed right into a hurricane coming up into the Gulf. We turned into the intercoastal waterway and anchored in it. We spent a week there until the flood tide began to go out. But instead of being able to get out, we got stuck on a sandbar. Spent another week there in the jungle until a tugboatwas able to wash us off the sandbar. Then we sailed to Panama City. Docked there, and I jumped off the boat to run up to meet my parents who were waiting there. This lady came to me and said “I saw you sailing across the bay and just wanted to tell you how beautiful that boat is.” I replied “Lady, you can have her ” that was the end of my sailing career. Now I am just sitting in the den, enjoying every one of your adventures. Stay safe ..


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