Man Your Position

September 10, 2008
Where do you like to be on a boat?

Visual Viewpoint: “Watch Where You’re Going”

See Support4Change for explanation of “Visual Viewpoints”

Bob standing at bow of boat

My husband’s favorite spot on any ship is right there at the front of the bow (or maybe in the control room if that would be possible). Here he’s waiting for us to land on Sheep’s Island near Queenstown, New Zealand.

We were sailing on the Earnslaw, a twin-screw steamer named after the peak at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Built in the early 1900s on the southeast coast of New Zealand’s South Island, it was dismantled and then transported by rail in numbered pieces to Kingston at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu. Put in service in 1912, she became known as the “Lady of the Lake.” When most communities surrounding Lake Wakatipu became accessible by roads, it was planned to scrap the Earnslaw in 1968 but the shipe was spared because of her historic value, for which my husband and I, being lovers of boats, are most grateful.

We don’t own a sailboat, though we live in Southern California not more than thirty miles from the ocean. They require too much upkeep and you get tied down to one type of vacation destination. We don’t like ocean liners with their thousands of passengers. They’re too much like a floating hotel, though we went on a Sheltered Seas cruise to Alaska, but our ship  held less than 100 passengers. We enjoyed taking one of our grandsons on an inter-generational Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) trip to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where we learned (a little) about sailing a small boat.

So when we get a chance to ride on a boat like this, we take it.

Where is your favorite position on a boat?

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