Now What?

So if you, dear reader, have not fallen asleep by now, bored senseless by all this bad luck of a distant member of your own species, which, let’s face it, is really not dramatic enough to make it entertaining for main stream tv, the good news is that beginning of June Aluna will be dunked back into the waters of the Pacific and sail away, hoping that we won’t have stretched the Migra’s definition of “immediately” so far that the US Coast Guard will hunt us down before crossing the 200 miles Exclusive Economic Zone to freedom, in one ill fated rescue attempt to save us from our own honest conviction that we must have the right to claim at least the brick and mortar (or in our case plywood and epoxy) fruits of our labor, even more so since any of the financial rewards were kept out of our reach.

5 Responses to “Now What?”

  1. Neil Says:

    Hi Beat
    Wow you’ve sure been through some crap! Doesn’t it just go to show how little control we actually have over our ‘normal’ lives? This surely is exactly the reason why we hanker for a better life afloat. Thank the universe that Aluna was launched before this maelstrom. I wish you both well and I know that Aluna and the ocean will
    soon ease the pain.

    • alunaboat Says:

      Hey Neil Thanks for you well wishes! I’m sure we’re through the thick of it and the future must be bright… And yeah you’re right to the point: At least now we’re being given the boot when Aluna is waiting to take us safely over the horizon and we promise not to look back! As you can imagine I’m looking forward to the first a little more challenging navigation, after our heroic downwind run from San Francisco to Hilo last year. We’ll be trying hard to make as much easting as the trades allow, retracing the route forged by Hokulea of the Hawaiian resurgence and also the one of the earliest settlers that came to these majestic islands for the first time way back in ancient Polynesian times. Gleda is coming along well. Those sandwich decks are quite an elaborate contraption and you seem to sail along smooth with them. I’m glad you seem to have finally found some sturdy hold in the wicked realm of self employment, which as you can learn from our bad experiences is quite a step towards a life of free roaming with the winds of the world! Keep at it, my friend! Beat

  2. kim whitmyre Says:



    IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!



    Do you know about There are quite a few tiki 38 sailors that you might ask about the rudder alignment dilemma you posted about. Nice tender! I just picked up a copy of Gary’s book myself: I currently have a RIB, but it just doesn’t feel right!

    Give my best wishes to Beatriz; may she heal well!

    • alunaboat Says:

      Hey Kim That’s quite a mighty piece of poetry there! I’m not sure I’ll ever become a man with all these rather stringent requirements! I’m promising everyone (including myself, where the convincing is a little harder) that the whining will now end and from here on the excitement should start. But believe me, this blogging is quite hard work. Just living the life with all its heart wrenching twists and turns seems to be enough most days. So I will drink one more cup of coffee in the morning and see if that can bring back the youthful joy and never ending energy to jam in yet another discipline into the days… A cheerful aloha to you! Beat

  3. david Says:

    Ola amigos. Yo hablar con las diosas para bien aire y olas para Aluna .

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