How to stay in shape after 40,50,60,or 70.

The answer is buy a sailboat and do your own work!

1. Walk the dock 6 times pushing a cart loaded with supplies. Build strength and endurance. Good work for arms and core muscles.

2. Lift all supplies from the dock onto the boat, down the companionway hatch and into the boat.

3. Walk at least three more times to the toilets and showers. More as needed when you drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

4. Climb in and out of the lazarette to make one simple adjustment on the battery charger. (for you non-sailors, a lazarette is a storage compartment in the cockpit of a sailboat, not designed for human storage. Anyone with shoulders larger that Ed, by even an inch definitely won’t fit. Ed had to scrape off some skin to wedge himself in-and back out.) Note: keep lots of band aids onboard.

4. Wire your own stereo system. This means clearing out the storage bins under the settees on both starboard and port sides, then winding your body into positions more complicated than advanced yoga while managing a drill, screwdriver or any other tools that can fit in two hands.

starboard settee sans cushions


5. Varnish small pieces of wood on the dock with the wind blowing 20 knots. Hold down the newspaper with one leg and foot, hold varnish in one hand, brush in the other and use the free foot to hold the wood piece in place. Maintain position until wood is dry enough to move. Sand. Do varnish maneuver all over again.

6. Store non perishable food and paper supplies in compartment under starboard settee which means removing cushions (again) and piling them on the forward bunk (which must be cleaned off at night for sleeping.)

7. If this doesn’t give you enough stretching and bending, there is always cleaning up the sawdust and fiberglass generated by drilling the holes for wiring and speakers, which means crawling around on the floor with a dust broom and dust pan in hand, dishes to wash and put away, decks to wash and the many chores of living onboard.

8. Clean off the dinette table for a meal OR better yet eat out!

dinette table

And we call this fun!

But it does come with breakfast in the cockpit watching the sun come up.

Not ready to leave Daytona yet!

Jan and Ed

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to How to stay in shape after 40,50,60,or 70.

  1. TBC says:

    Terrific description of life on a sailboat and all too true. I particularly relate to the use of feet to hold things whilst in the middle of a task. Totally practical. And think of the oirginal of the species. They still use feet for practical and useful purposes!

    Now, how did the reading go???



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