Top 10 signs it’s time to leave the island

5 May

We may not be with the fleet heading to Africa (this year), but it’s time to go. Here’s how to know when you really should move on to a new place:

10. Gooseneck barnacles reach the toe rail.

9. The latest charts show your vessel as a hazard.

8. Baby birds emerge from nests under the solar panels…for the 3rd time.

7. A waitress at the nearby restaurant invites you to her wedding. Again.

6. A proposal is floated to use your boat as the gift shop for the planned “Pirates of Asia” theme park.

5. Fish under the boat form a home owner’s association, requesting 60 days notice before departure.

4. Tour guides come to you for advice on cool spots.

3. A new government study on plate tectonics includes your boat as a key marker.

2. Fishermen begin to wave back.

1. Everybody knows your name!

Friends who read this on the Sailfeed website always know not to overstay at the island.

This article was syndicated from S/V Totem - a family sailing the world


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  2. brian tennant

    dont have anything clever to add, very funny,we arrive back at stella next wensday, this is the longest we ever left her, a little apprehensive. but very excited. after attending to her plan a route to palawan south of cebu to palawan via cagayan islands and maybe tubatha reefs.come check out the philipines

  3. Elaine

    Your keel is stuck in a mound of coffee grounds and local tourist guidebooks have pictures of your boat and it is used as a reference
    point for scenic places.

  4. Paul Brooke

    That’s funny, but familiarity, comfort and security can combine to make a plausible siren song to stay. A lovely spot, can’t blame you for staying- looking forward to hearing more, though.

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