So I read several books written by cruisers. One thing mentioned is the instant camaraderie between boat people. I thought, makes sense since we all have something in common: we live on a boat and move around a lot. In Sailing Promise, Alayne Main discusses her depression over saying goodbye when boats part ways. Well, as it turns out we have a lot in common. We all live by the weather and sea conditions. We all follow the same general route. Everyone with watermakers has problems with them and can commiserate. Everyone has to find water sources periodically – whether their watermaker is broke or they don’t have one. We all provision at the same few places available. Everyone has gone hard aground or will someday. The list of commonalities goes on and on, so it is no wonder bonds are made hard and fast. If a boater is ever in trouble, three other boaters are ready to respond and help however they can. It is an amazing community to belong to and I can’t say enough about these people.
We have been buddy boating with Pura Vida since Warderic Wells in Exuma Park and have had a wonderful time! Michael and Cherie are incredible people and have become close and cherished friends. We have had a blast hanging out with them! It is with heavy hearts that we part from them and continue our way south. Michael and Cherie accompanied us to Conception Island, further south than they planned to go. But now they are going to Cat Island and then back north to the Exumas, returning to Florida in June. We wish them happy and safe sailing and thank them for all their help and guidance. They made the transition from city folk to cruisers much easier and better than it would otherwise have been. We will miss them and truly hope they will come out to visit us somewhere in the Caribbean!