We are in the water and cruising, currently writing from mountainous Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras. The sailor/cruising life is back, finally!
Massive silence has been happening with the blog since we started it after our first cruising season. The silence has meant we have been flat chat busy, not that we have given up cruising life or adventures ashore in our kombi. Having now returned to the boat and the big lists of projects that consumed Chris from July to November of 2016 behind us and I (Kate) have finished up my contract working in Australia, we can now finally exhale and let our 2nd cruising season begin.
We left Aeolus in July of 2015, hoping to be gone just for the hurricane season but we were aware it could be a bit longer. Chris had used up all his leave on the tugs as a Marine Engineer. Our 1st season out he went back to Australia for every 4th month for 4 weeks work and then had 3 months leave….after a year of using up all that leave, it was time for him to either resign or return to the 4 weeks on and off rotation. Our kitty needed filling and flying every 4 weeks to the boat (Oz to USA) was very cost prohibitive, so back we went. I also had let my Certificate of Competency expire in the Merchant Navy due to my job ashore just before buying Aeolus, so before even looking for work, I had to fork out $ that would have equalled what we spent on our boat upgrades just to be able to work back at sea. Yep, our hearts did skip a few beats when that $14000 was due to be paid on my 1st day of revalidation classes. I finished my revalidation which took a month, received a new and valid Master unlimited tonnage Certificate of Competency and got a job back at sea. We were in working mode and we had some serious goals to hit to ensure we were back at the boat ASAP.
November 2015 came by and I had only completed my 1st contract back at sea and a redundancy was in the wind for Chris, we decided to stay and keep saving as much as we wanted to be back on the boat. By April, Chris had been given a small redundancy payment (which is better than had he resigned of course), I still had work and by now it was nearing the end of cruising season in the Caribbean, we were bummed but realised we weren’t going to be in the water again ‘til October now however, so with the extra work, we could hit off some big ticket items.
Chris returned to the boat in July and started the big list of projects (for another blog post) and I stayed at sea working roughly 4 weeks on and 4 weeks off. For 4 months Chris lived on the hard on our boat in the middle of the hottest part of the year for Guatemala, Central America. I visited once in September where I saw my husband at the skinniest he’s ever been, he swears he was eating but I think his diet was just beer and water! November we left the Rio Dulce and began cruising season 2. For our family and friends, we hope to update this regularly this trip. Ha, well, we are already 3 months in to cruising but we have to start somewhere! When we travelled around Australia in our Kombi we loved having our blog and reading back through it like a diary, so lets see how we go for some form of routine in this sailing life so we have not only photos to look back but also some stories.