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LJ Idol 06: Not of Your World.

Go sit inside a minivan. Take the seats out of their places, line them along the sides. Build a counter, a cabinet, a bed in the back. A bathroom the size of a washing machine. Cover the windows with duct-tape, except for narrow spaces at the top. Climb in and out through the sun roof. Now you have a model of the inside of a small sailboat.

Bring in your food. Enough for two months with no ice or electricity. Canned goods, rice, beans by the bag. Become friends with tuna, with Spam. Fresh fruits and vegetables for the few days they'll last, just enough for one person. All the onions you can stand to keep up your health, and vitamins for when they run out. Eggs coated with oil so they don't need kept cold. Water, forty gallons of it at the very least. Find places to put it all.

Bring in everything you need for three years. Bring your clothes, your tools, your books, your life. Pare it down until it fits, and then eliminate more until you have space to breathe. Remember to worry about weight.

Bring a spare of everything important. Don't forget four spare tires, an extra steering wheel, an extra radio and axles and an alternator. A whole spare engine, if there's room. Where you're going, you will be the only mechanic, and there will be no stores. You'll be as far off-road as it is humanly possible to get. Be prepared for everything you can imagine, and then read disaster books so you can imagine more.

Do you feel ready? You're not. But it's time to go. It's time to sail around the world.

This is my entry for LJ Idol Week 06 - Not of Your World. All of my competitors' entries can be found here; please do go and read them. This entry is inspired by my oncoming trip, sailing around the world in a 25-30' sailboat. Con-crit is always welcome, and I hope to answer further questions about this cruise in upcoming idol entries. Thank you for reading!


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Dec. 10th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh great. Now not only will I be worrying about you getting lost, encountering rogue waves, boarded by pirates, or encountering Kevin Costner's character from Waterworld. I will worry about you running out of onions. How, then, will you be able to get the correct complex flavor of your chili con spam? It'll keep me awake at night!

I'm going to send you off with a giant bag of onions, maybe some dehydrated onions, and half a cow's worth of beef jerky.
Dec. 10th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
You're coming with me, you dip. *wubs*
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Dec. 11th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
The worry about pirates is an actual threat so a nice semi automatic rifle with lots of ammo is a must too especially if your trip is near the African or South American coastline. On second thought most have gunboats so maybe you should mount a swivel fully automatic on the what ever is the highest steady point.

Well done.
Dec. 11th, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
Pirates are a threat, but not a large one to a scruffy little pocket cruiser like mine.

Unless I have something they want. Like a gun.
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Dec. 11th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
I don't know which would be worse - the seasickness or the claustrophobia. Reading this entry I felt somewhat ill, which you shouldn't apologize for at all, because you wrote beautifully of what it would be like in a little enclosed boat. That it was too much for me is entirely my own fault.

Your adventure sounds fascinating. I mentioned it to my 18-year old son and if you need a strong young deckhand I don't think it would take much to get him along.
Dec. 11th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
The seasickness goes away. It really does. After 20 or so hours, in my case. And the claustrophobia only lasts until you come up on deck and realize that you may as well be out in space.

But! As for your son, watch this space. As a departure date becomes concrete (sometime in the next three years), I'll be looking for interested souls to come along for some leg or other of the voyage. I don't want to share a boat for three years with anyone, but I wouldn't mind trading crewmates from port to port.
Dec. 11th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
I'd have a hard time leaving my Stuff (yes, capital S!) behind, but wow, what an adventure you're in for!
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I am trying to pare down my stuff before I go, so I'm not just leaving my bedroom at my parents' house as a storage unit. Currently, it all fits in about a minivan and a half. Need to go juuuust a bit further.
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Your adventurous spirit is still shining through.
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
It had better keep on shining, I have a long road ahead of me.
Dec. 12th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
This is really good.
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Thank you. :3
Dec. 13th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Intriguing! I hope your trip goes well! Don't wind up on the Island. :D
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope not. I've already seen how that turns out.
Dec. 13th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
When do you leave? Will you by any chance be blogging while you're away? I, for one, would love to hear about your adventures.
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Probably in about three years. I need to raise at least another thirty thousand before I go.

And yes, I'll blog as much as I feasibly can, but that'll be whenever I hit shore and can find some 'net.
Dec. 13th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
Nice visual. :)
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Dec. 13th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
What an amazingly daunting task.
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
It's a bit scary, but the scariest thing is that I'll be closing in on 30 when I get to leave.
Dec. 13th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
A great way to write this, making it a mini-van and related items rather than stuff for your actual boat trip. Everyone can relate to the idea of a car and a long journey. Great entry!
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I've used the analogy before. Talking to my friends, I'm startled by the sheer number of people who have never even seen the inside of a sailboat, let alone been aboard a small one.
Dec. 14th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THIS! Makes me want to know you better.
Dec. 15th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Thank you. If I stay in, I think this'll be a topic I write about often.
Dec. 15th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Oh fun- take me with you! One of my dreams is to cruise around the world someday.
Dec. 15th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Watch this space. :) I'm hoping to find kindred spirits to share this leg or that of the cruise with.
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