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“Quiet” – the A to Z Challenge


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We are not partiers.

We do enjoy company, and love to have guests aboard for visiting and meals and a little sailing, perhaps, but we don’t seek out crowds and parties and drinking and loud music.

Now GOOD music, that’s a different story, and for those of you who equate “LOUD” with “GREAT BAND” – well, have fun.  I won’t be there.

And I will go hungry – or go home – rather than try to have dinner in a restaurant with 16 wide-screen boob-tubes filling every corner…  There’s really nothing I hate more, actually.  Visual noise at it’s worst.

Cruising is a lifestyle you create, and like all lifestyles, it is created by the choices you make, whether conscious or unconscious. If you feel uncomfortable anchoring out, you’re making a choice to spend large amounts of money to stay in a marina each night, where you will feel very secure, perhaps, but also hot, rolly in a swell, and submerged in the moment-to-moment sounds, smells and sights of humanity in close proximity.  Again, that’s not our choice.

We go for quiet. We go for peace. We go – largely – in order to experience that interaction at the edge, at that border between who we are today, and who we will become in the future if we allow the Universe to direct our experiences.

Have you ever sat in the cockpit of a boat, in an anchorage of your own choosing, and listened to the sun go down?


That’s what I’m talking about.


Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, we’re back on the boat, with plans to visit the Bahamas later in the winter. Follow our blog here, and follow our progress in map form by joining www.Farkwar.com!

9 thoughts on ““Quiet” – the A to Z Challenge

  1. This Q-word was my second choice for the A-Z challenge today as well! 🙂 I love the quietness of being at anchor. It is what I miss most not living on our sailboat anymore. Although, here in the middle of the woods, it is pretty quiet as well. Instead of the splashes of the wind chop, we hear the sounds of the woodpeckers. 🙂

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary


  2. I’m with you on loving quiet too. Some of my best memories of cruising are having quiet anchorages with no one else around.

    There’s a woodpecker at our marina who is so obnoxious, pecking away at all of the boats. I think I’d prefer if someone ran a generator instead.

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  3. I have a habit of turning the radio on and letting it run in the background all day long . I love music and will miss it, but one of my goals this year is to make an effort to turn it off and let the quiet take over. Wish me luck!

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    • I do! And as much as I like quiet, I also installed a sound system on Sionna this winter, and transferred 200 CD’s to a USB flashdrive so I can take my favorite music with me! And rigged a berth for my guitar and penny whistles…
      So there’s room for both, I think. Enjoy finding your balance!


  4. Wow, that question is amazing! That’s the kind of peace and quiet I enjoy too!

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