Cruiser Interview: S/V Gypsy Days
Name(s): Tanya & Aaron (and Coffee)
Boat Name: S/V Gypsy Days
Boat Type: 1980 Newport 30 MK II
Home Port: Boston, MA
Current Location: Hope Town, The Abacos, The Bahamas
How long have you been cruising?: Almost 5 months!
How did you get started sailing?: We bought a sailboat, and then figured we better learn how to actually sail it! We relied on the great support and tutelage of friends and spent the summer of 2018 learning to sail Gypsy Days in Boston Harbor.
What brought you here?: Escape from winter haha! The Bahamas was this distant destination when we set off and now that we are here, we are just reveling in that success and all there is to explore.
How long do you plan to continue cruising?: We have always said, as long as the desire is there, we will keep going until the money runs out, or the boat sinks.
What are your three favorite aspects of cruising?: Learning about new places and the skills that come along with them (for example, learning to spearfish), having the option of going someplace and having it all to ourselves or going to places to meet up with other cruisers, and just being on our own schedule.
What are your three least favorite aspects of cruising?: Being heavily reliant on (not always cooperating) weather, when the anchor won't set, being far away from friends and family.
What are the most useful items on your boat?: This may seem weird, but polarized sunglasses! Also, our Rocna anchor, our dinghy and outboard so we can get off the boat, and each other.
What misconceptions do people have about your lifestyle?: That it's all vacation and paradise, aka all play and no work.
What has been your most difficult obstacle?: Dealing with our transmission issues. We had a lot of difficulty keeping a positive attitude throughout that whole ordeal.
What has been your most empowering moment?: As much as it was so affirming to make it to the Bahamas, our most empowering moment was probably our passage from St. Mary's in Georgia all the way to Cape Canaveral in Florida. We traveled over 160 nautical miles and were able to sail (and motorsail) the whole way.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started cruising?: We have had to learn SO much along the way, but probably the most important thing we wish we knew more about is how to read weather properly so we can better anticipate fronts without relying on forecasts.
What advice do you have for people considering this lifestyle?: Do it! It's super hard work sometimes but the rewards are so worth it. Even if you are a total newbie, it's possible so just learn all you can, find great mentors, and don't be afraid to put in some elbow grease.