10 Ways to Relate to Our Galatea Sailing Experiences
(or how to prepare for the cruising lifestyle):

  1. Set your alarm for 3 a.m. When it wakes you up, put on your foul weather gear and run outside onto the lawn and have your spouse (or loved one) spray you with a garden hose while screaming, "It's time to reef the main honey!"
  2. For breakfast have a cup of instant coffee and eat last night's leftovers.
  3. Call into talk radio shows to discuss an approaching cold front and your plan for it.
  4. Whenever the wind picks up outside. run inside and open all the cupboards and throw the plates and glasses around the kitchen, and swear at yourself for not securing things below.
  5. Never, never dry your clothes completely.
  6. Drive back and forth in front of your house and debate with your partner about where to park (anchor) for the night.
  7. Run your lawnmower in your living room for several hours whenever the wind dies.
  8. Plug in 11 waypoints on your GPS for a trip to the dentist.
  9. Every two weeks walk around the neighborhood (~10 km) carrying two full 6 gallon jerricans.
  10. Spend an afternoon at the shopping mall haggling with clerks over prices.
    A bonus tip:
  11. Spend a minimum of two days per month waiting in lines and filling in forms at the most inefficient INS (immigration and naturalization services) office you can find.

    Thanks to Darrell Nicholson and Cruising World, Feb. 2002 issue from which this top ten list is taken

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