Nautical Alchemy

Alchemy /ˈalkəmē/ :  a power or process of transforming something common into something special. A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting.

Last weekend we took the next step in the transition from our current life as dirt dwellers to our future Life On The Hook™ — another chapter in our ongoing process of Possessional Triage. We began performing nautical alchemy.

Like barnacles on a neglected hull, thirty-five years of life together has left us heavily encrusted with a thick accumulation of “stuff.” Some of it is pretty nice stuff. Some of it, not so much. But it’s been with us for so long that it’s hard to remember it not being part of the landscape of our lives. Very little of it would be of any practical use on a boat, nor is much of it of sufficient value to merit putting into storage. Meanwhile, there is a whole ‘nuther collection of “stuff” that would indeed make our future life afloat much more comfortable.

Nautical alchemy is our name for the process of transforming one form of stuff into the other. Basically, you take a lot of things like this that don’t have much utility on a boat:

and using this ancient and mystical process:


you convert it first into this intermediate state:

MoneySo that it can ultimately be transformed into items such as these:

Performed with patience and care, it can be a quite efficient process, resulting in the transmutation of mountains of shore-life stuff into a much more useful quantity of boat-appropriate items essential to a comfortable cruising life.

So just in case you’ve been wondering why we’ve gone quiet of late, well, there’s your answer. We’ve been busy practicing and refining our techniques for performing nautical alchemy.

By the way, would anyone be interested in two pairs (men’s and women’s) of lightly used K2 skies with Salomon bindings? They appear to be one of the few things that draw zero interest at a Florida garage sale. Go figure…

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