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The Beauty of a Small boat

Contrary to what some would thing upon seeing her out of the water, Flirt is not a large vessel. at Twenty two feet and six inches in length, Seven feet in width and no standing room within her cabin, she is what I call a “big small boat”. The fourteen hundred pounds of pure lead bolted to her bottom is what gives her that “big” feel when underway, but the rest conspires to remind you that she is indeed, a small “pocket coastal cruiser” in the same vein of many a Swedish folk boat.

Due to this “smallness” I have found that when in the cabin it is really just you. There is no room for recriminations, day dreaming, or worrying about the needless things that haunt us all during our waking hours. There is just no place to stow that kind of thinking. This is a good thing.

Nyanaponika Thera stated it best. “Two thoughts cannot coexist at the same time: If the clear light of mindfulness is present, there is no room for mental twilight”

For what I want to do with Flirt, she is neither too small nor two big. She is just right for relearning how to sail a big vessel, figuring out how to work on and repair a boat, and perfect for a day or weekend away from everything that saps me of my cares. On a small boat you live in and for the moment.

That is Zen

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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