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Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch



We’re going back to Maine.

Not because we particularly want to, mind you. It’s cold back there, and they have this stuff called “snow” and “ice”, and we’d really just rather skip the whole winter thing, thank you very much.

But my eye (you remember my eye? It’s been featured in more posts than any other topic except boat projects, I think!) has other ideas.

A couple weeks ago that eye got to itching a bit, a little uncomfortable. Then it got a little red. Then it got a little more. So a visit to a clinic for some antibiotic was tried, but didn’t help. Then a visit to a real retina specialist, which showed widespread inflammation and increased pressure and just generally weird goings on that the expert couldn’t explain.  Eye drops for the pressure, eye drops for the swelling, and we’ll see you in three days.

Well three days later things were looking and feeling a lot better, and the expert agreed I was much improved. Still ok to put off the final two procedures this old eye needs until May,  as long as we monitor the pressure regularly…

There’s no way to monitor regularly and still cruise in the Bahamas. If we’re to stay within monitoring range, we’ll need to be here, in west-central Florida, where nobody speaks “Cruiser” but us.
Many phone calls and conversations later, two facts became abundantly clear: One; we are sick to death of constantly thinking about this eye, and two; we’re really, really ready to cruise somewhere that doesn’t equate a cruising boat with “there goes the neighborhood” thinking. Florida has an Abandoned and derelict boat problem, as I’ve written about before, but in some areas, they don’t know the difference between that, and a tourist on a boat. 

We’re tired of being treated like social pariahs. (I’ll write sometime about the citation we received while at anchor last week, but suffice for now to say that the charge of “improper lighting” mentioned a rule that the officer made up, and we – the properly lighted boat from “away” – were ticketed while the 4 UN-lighted “local” (but abandoned) boats next to us were not.) 

So we have a flight out to Maine on Christmas Day ($84 each! Yay Allegiant Airlines!), dear generous friends have offered us a dock for Sionna in Marathon, Florida, and a tiny apartment in Rockland for two months, and my surgery consultation is scheduled for January 3rd. 

It’s time to close that chapter and move on.


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!

12 thoughts on ““Cha-cha-cha-Changes…”

  1. Speedy healing and back to cruising is my wish for you. Adulting isn’t much fun sometimes.


  2. I lost my left eye to glaucoma and retinal disease 3 years ago. It curtailed sailing somewhat. Now back at work as Captain USVI. I hardly notice the handicap now.

    Speedy recovery. Norm


    • Hi Norm, thanks for chiming in! Sorry about your eye but, as you say, in time one compensates amazingly. Of course this treatment is to avoid just what you describe.
      Would love to chat about working in the USVI sometime. We won’t be Commuter Cruisers forever…


      • Hi. In STT at the YC. Home for two weeks around Xmas and we might talk on phone. I like Maine and it was our first choice for retirement. Rockland area appealed. Cape Cod got in the way, family, so there we are. Not the worst problem.

        Sad to hear about Florida’s attitude towards cruisers. Hearing some of that down here too. Maybe I will write a paper on it…. ha.

        Keep well. If you wind up at ophthalmic consultants of Boston in care of doc Ney or .Englander, give them best.



  3. Amen, brotha! Sorry about winter in Maine, but… get it done! We’ll see you guys soon!

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  4. Sounds like the right thing to do!


  5. sorry to hear that news….especially since bahamas cruising is such a treat and a release from the zenophobias you mention…..i was imagining you in my favorite winter spot: stocking island, georgetown, exumas…..please let me know if i can help in any way while you’re here….i hope something really curative happens to the eye…..and soon!….. jory


  6. Sorry about the eye thing and having to change plans. It’s good to be flexible, and take care of yourself, obviously.
    We’re surviving up here in Freeport this winter, and I know you’ll be fine.
    If we can help with a place near-ish to Portland, let us know. [Right now, we’re re-doing our kitchen, so things are a big mess, but it won’t last past Christmas, except for some easier stuff.]
    Good luck,

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