The cost of buisness

I’ve been quite for a few days again, and not because I’ve been offshore! We had an ontime crew change and for the past few days I have been having a wonderful time at home. While we had snow the first day, the weather has been great and I am once again reminded why I love New England so much.

One big annoucnment is that I will soon be purchasing my first “big boat”, a 23′ Edey & Duff Stonehorse. She’s a beautiful little day sailor/overnighter, with classic lines and well mannered sailing qualities. It’s a big step for me and I look forward to teaching the other half how to sail!

It’s the purchasing of a boat and some of the thoughts and emotions associated that have brought me to this post. It is no secret that commerical mariners in the oil and gas industry are well copensasted financially, and though the four months I currently get off a year probably sound great to the 9-5’er with two weeks vacation a year. However at the end of my 12 hour work day, I walk down a flight of stairs to my room and nothing but my rack and a book are waiting for me. 84 hours a week, 7 days a week, 4 weeks at a time, a total of 8 months of the year. Then when I come home I have to squeeze in many of the tasks that come with life in as quickly as possible, in order to enjoy my time home doing the things I want.

What really brought me to the purchase of the sailboat was two things. One I really miss sailing. Thats the simple fact. The other is slightly more complicated. The bad thing about having two weeks off out of every six is that none of your friends are really around during the day, when say its a nice day to go kayaking, or mountain biking, etc. Essentially you have to have hobbies that you enjoy alone. Which is one of the reasons I am getting back into sailing. I am perfectly content to row out to the mooring and go for a day sail by myself, where as paddling and several other of my hobbies for me are largly a social activity. I enjoy them greatly, though primarily with friends.

This in my mind is one of the larger costs of doing buisness as a mariner. You can afford to do the hobbies you love, you have the time, but at the end of the day they loose a lot of their attraction when done solo. It is a choice that I have been having a hard time making. It’s something I have always fought with, wanting to do everything, eek every little bit of life out. When it’s my time to pay the boatman I don’t want to think I wasted time.

 

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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5 Responses to The cost of buisness

  1. David Kane says:

    Hey-

    Good call on the Stone Horse! I purchased hull #101 from a nice couple up in Surry, Maine back in 2010. She is homeported in Newport now, and it has been a great boat and I love sailing it. Next question: Do you know if you will be home weekend of 10 and 11 August? We have an annual Stone Horse get together in Padanaram, and we need new blood. I think you’re from the Duxbury area so it wouldn’t be a bad run to get her there if you felt like doing it and time permitted. They get boats from Boston (sometimes), Falmouth, Newport, Bristol, and of course Buzzards Bay, so it’s a pretty good time. It’s a one day race with a big cookout afterwards, usually 6 – 12 boats show up. Anyway, congrats on the new boat, and I hope to see another MMA grad out on the water this summer.

    PS I really enjoy the blog. It makes me want to go back to sea. But not too much…

    -Dave
    kane.dave@gmail.com

  2. towertodd says:

    Let’s see a few pictures of your new girl!

  3. Nate Lammers says:

    Glad to hear you got a sailboat! That’s what I love to do in my free time. Was just down in Fourchon a couple hours ago and saw the C-Performer sitting at the dock, wondered if you where on it but nice to know your at home enjoying your time off!

  4. Mum says:

    Congratulations Ben!!!!!

  5. Thanks everyone, its a big deal for me getting the first sailboat.
    -Mum, I’m going to get you out sailing this summer.
    -Dave, I’ll send you an email I have a few questions about the boats.
    -Todd, pictures to come in may when I pick her up.
    -Nate, thanks, and its rare that you catch the Performer dockside, she’s a workin’ boat.

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