Women and Cruising Article – Making Lemonade From Lemons

The Women and Cruising Blog published my article on Making Lemonade from Lemons — thoughts on making sure unexpected challenges don’t cut short your long-awaited cruise adventures!    Here’s the intro – be sure to read the whole article here at Women and Cruising!

Anchored in your favorite anchorage watching the sun slide over the horizon, you are savoring the first night of that annual vacation cruise that you’ve been looking forward to for eleven months.

Suddenly you notice the _____________ (fill in the blank … refrigerator, watermaker, etc) isn’t working.   Aw crap. What do you do now?

  1. Immediately head to your home marina, curse “that damned boat,” tie it up and head home;
  2. See if you can find a repairman at the nearest marina, hoping he can fix it in time to salvage part of your vacation; OR
  3. Have you planned ahead, with alternatives or parts for most onboard systems, so you can continue to enjoy the well-deserved vacation you’ve been waiting for?

The saying goes, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade“.  But this assumes that you have water and sugar, necessary ingredients for lemonade. 

If you’re not familiar with Women and Cruising be sure to visit and bookmark it.   It’s a great site, chock full of information – here’s their introduction —

When we first contemplated cruising years ago, we were filled with doubts and questions: everything from Can I do it? to How do I do it? to Do I even want to do it?

This website is designed to help you answer these questions for yourself. We do this by sharing our experiences and inviting other women cruisers to share theirs as well.

It’s about making friends, making cruising our own, and getting out on the water and enjoying our lives!


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