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January 3, 2012
Isolation – a reprint from the Nordhavn Dreamers list and
By Jeff Merrill
There is a Yahoo
users group called “Nordhavn Dreamers” dedicated to those who aspire to one day
set off to sea in their own Nordhavn. This group is very active and is
comprised of both Nordhavn wannabes as well as past and present Nordhavn
owners. It is managed by Callum McCormick who does a great job as moderator.
I find the threads to be very interesting and informative and PAE president Dan
Streech frequently posts responses to various topics being discussed by the
group. (It’s easy to sign up. Just go to groups.yahoo.com and search Nordhavn
Among the more active
Nordhavn owners is John Marshall from Washington who owns a Nordhavn 55. John
will chime in on almost every topic and his views are highly regarded. John’s
55 is called Serendipity, which is appropriate in many ways, and I got to
know him during commissioning as I was working with another 55 owner going
through the process at the same time. On December 3rd John wrote about
“Splendid Isolation” and with John’s permission I have re-posted this reply for
all to enjoy:
[mailto:NordhavnDreamers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of John Marshall Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2011 8:40 AM To: NordhavnDreamers@yahoogroups.com Subject: [NordhavnDreamers] Splendid isolation
discussion of log books and technologies to keep them made me think again of
why I have a boat.
good news is that log books aren't required for recreational boaters, so
keeping them is a matter of personal preference. I know some Nordhavn owners
who keep them, but others who don't keep any records of their travels other
longer I own a boat, the more I lean toward simple solutions. A pad of paper is
infinitely better than a keyboard.
some people cruise around watching Fox News 24 hours a day, staying stressed
out and connected to the minutiae of modern living, for me, the true
pleasure of boating is to become as close to being one with the sea and the
elements and the wild coastlines I travel along and the wildlife as possible.
Anything that spoils that sense of splendid isolation and remoteness is a
love having a strong, capable boat under me and the best navigational
electronics and charts and some good tunes to listen to, but beyond that, being
connected to land is too much like being on land.
cruise on my Nordie to escape the land and everything that ties me to it, other
than perhaps my anchor chain leading to the bottom. The sea is always sane and
largely unchanged over time. The rugged coastlines of western BC and Alaska are
little different now than they were thousands of years ago.
is a calmness at sea that one can absorb into their soul. Even a storm at sea
has its own beauty and order and cadence, and one that we have no influence
over. We endure… or not.
is more is my motto.
like everything else, people buy and own boats for many different reasons. Mine
is to be with the people I love, and for us to be as alone as it is possible to
be on this Earth.
expedition-grade boat like a Nordie is a passport to that splendid
is no way on Earth to be more alone and closer to nature than you can be on the
It is one thing to
plan and calculate and picture yourself “some day” going out cruising on your
own Nordhavn. Actually doing it and then reflecting upon why you do it can
only be accomplished much further down the curve of experience. Thanks John,
for your summary observation, I think you have given all of us a lot to think