Pearls of Wisdom
Icons/LFlorish.gif Random Reflections About Living Aboard Re Metau Icons/RFlorish.gif
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Pearls Of WisdomPearls of WisdomJust a Dream and the Wind… (Lyrics by Christopher Cross - Sailing)
Learning, Growing, Discovering
Imagine boarding a plane with a one way ticket to an unknown destination, and you'll come close to what we felt when our new life as live-aboards began. Totally changing a way of life brings forth all manner of emotion - excitement, fear, concern, enthusiasm and anticipation. No matter the amount you visualize, predict and prepare for what it will be like, significantly more surprising experiences will be bestowed upon you.

Like any foreign language, when we first moved aboard, we would often stutter when referring to some part of the boat. Thing-a-ma-jiggy and watchama-call-it were commonly used terms. Until it was truly incorporated into our lives, nautical vernacular seemed extraneous and awkward. In the same way, our vessel and all its mechanical systems were almost alien to us. Strange noises emanated from most every crevice, the rigging was a bit confusing, the near constant rocking a bit peculiar. Our surroundings and our dwelling seemed new and mysterious to us, but over time, and with much exploration we grew into the new life and peeled away the enigma.

We’ve many adventures and mysteries ahead, however since moving aboard, our amount of seafaring knowledge has increased tremendously. Having survived the big leap and thrived in the transformation, our fears and concerns about changes have abated. This Pearls of Wisdom page contains a mixture of insights and knowledge we have gained throughout all these changes. In journaling each little enlightening treasure, we anticipate and better appreciate the value of each new experience.

Top 10 Pleasures About Life Aboard
Top 10 Pleasures About Life Aboard
Although we understand this lifestyle is not for everyone (and are grateful for that fact), we've discovered these are the things about living aboard that make it so ideal for us. I tend to get philosophical when I take stock of our reasons for enjoying this lifestyle. Perhaps it is because these pleasures are...
 
Top 10 Annoyances About Life Aboard
Top 10 Annoyances About Life Aboard
Several people have asked us what the biggest hassles are about living aboard versus living in a house. Some of these people just want to dump on our dream, but for those people who are looking for...
 
Nautical Terms in Use Today
Nautical Terms and Superstitions in Use Today
Ok - I'm not an etymologist and people seem to expend a great deal of useless energy arguing over the origins of the most mundane expressions. These are the explanations I've heard over the years, and true or not - it makes me smile to know that...
 
Nautically Inclined Quotes
Nautically Inclined Quotes
The language of the sea, and the image of a life upon it evoked so many poignant and passionate thoughts, it often caused poetry to pour from many a pen. Since I began authoring this website, I sought to capture the most apropos phrases on the runner at the bottom of each of these pages. Some have been pulled from ...
 
Best Sailing Songs
Salty Songs - The Best Music to Sail By
It has been written that a life upon the ocean is an asylum for many a romantic, melancholy, or absent-minded soul - the very same ethos that inspires music. The swells and storms of the seas roll off the tip of many a mariner’s tongues and ...
 

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Located in the Caroline Islands, the master navigators of the Re Metau, or 'People of the Sea' are said to have magic.