People say, “cruising is fixing your boat in exotic places”.
Whether your boat is new, or as old as Rhythm (1979), this statement is true. Being aware of this is a good place to start, but having a handy crew member is a must! And I am not handy.
I never would have agreed to this lifestyle if it wasn’t for the fact that John is one of the handiest, most self-sufficient people I have ever met. I think he actually takes some sick pleasure in solving the mystery of a repair. He often gets the attention of neighboring captains when he drops parts from our boat on the deck for inspection or maintenance.
Being the less handy of the crew, I do my best to play a supporting role. Sometimes that means handing tools into tight spaces, cleaning parts for reuse, roaming stores in foreign towns looking for parts, or just making cookies.