Monthly Archives: August 2016

What we’re not taking

At Playgroup this week and one of the mum’s asked “what are you going to pack”, she then laughed and said, “it’s probably a case of you’re already packed!”

“True” I said. Our conversation then turned to how easy it is to accumulate stuff. Our conversation inspired me to undertake another round of taking things off Medina that we don’t or no longer need.

Medin'a half full cockpit

Medin’a half full cockpit

Over the past few weeks I have been decluttering our material possessions, either donating it to local charities or making use of the industrial sized rubbish bins at the marina.

But this week, there just seems to be more and more stuff coming on to Medina than coming off. The stuff coming onto Medina is important and we do need it, but finding spots for some of it has been a bit of a challenge and usually involves taking more stuff off.

I took a photo of our cockpit this morning because, well – its half full! Amongst our washing is, Medina’s headsail and stay sail (the sails on the front of Medina, which we had the UV material replaced), a danbuoy and life sling (both used in a person over board situation) and a new EPIRB. All essential items that will be put in their respective places over the coming days.

Orbit getting to know his new play-doh machine

Orbit getting to know his new play-doh machine

What you can’t see is the extra ‘little things’ I have been stockpiling, the nice to haves, the books, activities and toys, secret treats to have while we’re away from the luxury of being able to ‘just pop to the shops’. I justified their place on Medina because I have already taken of what feels like a large amount of books, activities, toys and stuff we no longer need or use.

Most liveaboards (that we know) have the rule, for every one thing that goes on the boat, one thing must come off. This is a great rule and a great way to manage the limited space available.

Another great rule is everything has a place – there is nothing more annoying/dangerous than having an item fly across the cabin and break because the boat has heeled over. It may sound a bit strange, but over the next few weeks, we will be spending quite a significant portion of our time living on some kind of an angle and constantly moving, even when at anchor.

Below decks when Medina is heeled over

So part of preparing Medina to go cruising means, finding a place for something or it gets off loaded. It is rather a cathartic process to get stuff off the boat, to create space, but sometimes the decision isn’t that easy.

I keep having the thought in my head, ‘but what if we need it?’ On the flip side, we aren’t going to be sailing across oceans or to countries where things can not be easily replaced.

We are only heading up the coast. It may only be a few days sail (if we go directly) but we’re going to take our time and take a few weeks – there are too many interesting places to go, people to see and adventures to be had.

So from that perspective, we really don’t need much at all!

Mummy, mummy, look at me!

Step 1 to getting into bed

Step 1 to getting into bed

After what feels like a very long time, we are home. We were only away from Medina for 7 weeks but it feels like a lot has happened in that time.

Leading up to the end of our house sitting, particularly when he was tired, Orbit would say he wanted to go back to Medina, he wanted to go home. Which was reassuring after his initial excitement of house sitting! The day finally came and Orbit was back on Medina. Back with his toys and ‘non-toys‘, back to the space where he can’t lose us, back to being in the middle of everything and back to his bed, which he symbolised by taking of his ‘travel’ pillow case to reveal his ‘Medina’ pillow case.

Since being back on Medina, Orbit has been discovering the physical differences of the growth spurt that happened while he was away. Areas that weren’t accessible before we left, now are and on the flip side, there are some areas that much smaller than they once were.

Step 2 to getting into bed

Step 2 to getting into bed

The second full day were were on Medina, I was glued to the Olympics when I heard Orbit say “mummy, mummy, look at me”. I turned to see Orbit sitting in his bed, proud as punch that he had completed the climb all by himself. I asked him to climb in and out again for me so I could see how he did it and get some photos – he kindly obliged.

Orbit has been able to slide out of bed for a while, but getting himself into bed seems to be a bigger achievement for him. Going to bed always involved the Skipper and I putting Orbit into bed, his bed was just too high for him to climb into – but no longer! With the lee cloth (the piece of netting that stops him from rolling out of bed) ‘half up’ Orbit now has another area accessible to play or spend time on his own.

Step 3 to getting into bed

Step 3 to getting into bed

Although Orbit can now get in and out of bed on his own, the Skipper or I still need to put the lee-cloth fully up or down. Because Orbit can’t yet undo the clips that hold the lee-cloth up, we are able to relax knowing that he is safe in his bed.

Because the lee-cloth is made of netting material, we can still see and talk to each other, but Orbit is out of harms way. It’s his ‘safe space’ on Medina. It is where he goes when either the Skipper or I can’t properly supervise him. This means he isn’t going to walking around on deck, isn’t going to hop off Medina and go visiting, isn’t going to be getting into things he shouldn’t while we’re asleep. We will continue to pop Orbit into bed when we are anchoring, leaving/entering a marina, tacking or gybing till he gets a little bit older and we can trust him to stay out of harms way.

It will be interesting going sailing again to see how much he has changed since we last unfurled the sails. It won’t be long now and we will be out there!