You would think I have a lot of time on my hands now a days, but it has taken me a while to get to this extremely high honor! 😉
The Liebster Award is a bit like a chain email, but it’s sweet and nice to know that we are being read by people other than our friends & family back home, and we have in fact been nominated for the Liebster Award twice! Once by Dan and Jaye over at Life Afloat and once by Rebecca and Brian at Summertime Rolls. I think it’s also nice to read some responses to fun questions that our readers may or may not know about us! So here are the questions Dan N Jaye asked us:
- What got you started on boats/sailing/cruising? David would probably say that I got him started on sailing, but on my side it goes way back. My grandfather owned a supply boat company from the 1950s to the 1980s. My Uncle Jim has had a beautiful Hinkley for 30 years, which he sailed around the Caribbean for a while and now keeps in Maine (we can’t wait to get up there and sail together). Most importantly, my parents. They both went to Texas A&M in Galveston and got maritime degrees. My dad owned a Hobie for a while when I was in college, but then he upgraded to a Maine Cat 30, and crossed the Gulf of Mexico solo. I joined him for 2 trips, making the crossing to the Bahamas from Marathon and then back through the Okachobee. Anyway, when David and I were dating, my dad took us out sailing on the Maine Cat for his birthday. I think that’s when David fell in love with it, and he’s the one that started to dream about living aboard. When my dad passed away, we owned that Maine Cat 30 for almost 5 years.
- What was your life like, pre-boat? What did you do for recreation? David worked for 6 years for Shell, in the finance department negotiating commercial contracts. Prior to that, he went to A&M for Finance. I went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and got a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I worked for a little more than a year doing that, but when my dad passed away I took over as CEO of Star Fleet. David and I both got our captain’s licenses online (100 Ton). David came to work for me as a captain. One of the boats in the fleet was the Maine Cat, so we took that out a lot. Recreationally, other than sailing, I ran 8 marathons and David has run one. He made an excellent support crew for me!
- What’s the most unlikely thing you currently have aboard? David has a saw ’em off plush longhorn. Right now bathing suits seem unlikely since it’s 50 degrees out – but I have a lot of those on board!
- Tell us about your first night at anchor. Our first night together at anchor was on the Maine Cat 30. We sailed out to an island we called Alena Island, anchored, grilled, and slept! It was drama free. I hope our first night anchoring on Starry Horizons is so uneventful.
- If money were no object, what addition/change would you make to your present boat? Not much! We have a pretty great boat now, and we have a lot of projects planned for when we get to Florida to finish things off. I once said the only thing I would change if I had unlimited money is we would spend more money when we go ashore – restaurants, activities, spas, and travel.
- Aside from finances (we all have that issue), how has boat life changed you? We are only in our second week living aboard, but I do think we are keeping a different attitude about us. I know that being in Minimes is only temporary, so anything I don’t like about it is temporary too. That will be a theme in cruising I’m sure. Don’t like where you are docked now? Bored with the scenery? Move!
- Most bloggers have a story about someone they met through their blog, or an amusing connection or opportunity that happened because of their blogging … what’s yours? We did get recognized while at the Miami boat show! A gentleman at one of the seminars passed us a note that said “Are you Out Chasing Stars? I love your blog”. That was awesome, especially since we were just getting started. On the opposite side, we also met Field Trip when we were in St Martin – we just happened to anchor near them and we went over and said “hey we read your blog!”. That was pretty cool too.
- Give us a link to your most popular blog post. Saying Goodbye to Star Fleet
- And to one that you think deserves a wider audience. This is our second most popular post – but it’s pretty awesome! Launching of Starry Horizons Video
And here are the questions from Rebecca and Brian:
- What/Who inspired you to set sail? Per Dan and Jaye’s question, my family inspired me but I inspired David!
- What was your biggest concern before you moved aboard? For me, I was concerned about being happy “pausing” our lives. I hope as we continue it feels less like pausing our lives and more like living our lives! David says heavy weather – of course!
- What is your biggest concern now that you’re already living aboard? Probably still the same concerns. Check back in a year on that one!
- Is there anything that would entice you to give up the cruising lifestyle? Just being ready to move on. I suspect someday we will evaluate where we are and if we are still happy doing this or if we are ready to look for something else.
- What is the most challenging thing you’ve had to figure out how to fix on your own, and how did you go about doing it? Right now we are struggling with a sail problem – David will go into more details once we figure out a solution, but I’ll just say our headsails from Doyle don’t fit right…
- What is the most ridiculous/annoying/obnoxious/absurd question someone has asked you about the cruising lifestyle? I used to think it was very sad for people to have a hard time imagining spending so much time with your spouse. But now that we’ve spent 95% of our time together in the last month, I can say 2 things 1) David and I have an amazing relationship and 2) this lifestyle does bring out differences more heavily. I can see how it would be hard on people, but we are very lucky to have each other!
- Where are you most looking forward to going and why? I am most looking forward to being in a small secluded atoll where it’s just us and nature!
- What are you most worried about? Nothing physically – I think that we have picked a great boat to get us through tough conditions, and I think David and I both have the positive attitude to get us through physically uncomfortable situations.
- What was the hardest thing to give up when moving aboard (or what do you think will be the hardest)? Hands down, our dogs. I miss Jude and Trixie, and can’t wait to see them again. I love it when my in-laws send us pictures of them!
- Do you think there will be an end to your cruising days, and what do you want to do if and when that day comes? I vacillate a lot on this. I think we will finish our circumnavigation and see how we feel. If we were to decide to leave cruising, I think I would either step back into a CEO role somewhere or go back to school, for either a Masters in Engineering or an MBA. I’ve been dreaming about engineering lately so it’s on my mind!
That was fun and I hoped you learned something new about us! I will follow Summertime Roll and nominate other cat blogs, mostly cause that’s just who we read! These are all fun blogs! My nominees are:
Let it Be – Another Helia, this one in charter in the BVIs. Frank and Mary Grace live in Fort Worth so we got to meet up with them in person!
Salty Paws – Another Helia, this one is currently crossing the Atlantic ahead of us!
Escape Velocity – A Manta catamaran, who suffered a dismasting several months ago. It’s been heart breaking to read all their difficulties, but I hope they know a lot of people have been reading and rooting for them!
Field Trip – Family of 4 cruising the world. Mark is making the crossing to New Zealand right now!
The questions for you to answer, should you choose to do so:
What first attracted you to the cruising lifestyle?
What’s been the best day you had on board?
What is your favorite go-to recipe while onboard?
What skill do you wish you’d picked up before you lived aboard?
What do you want for Christmas?
What was your scariest sailing moment?
What’s the longest passage you’ve ever made?
Tell us about one personal item you have aboard the boat.
Enjoy and thanks for the love!