Read this interview as originally published on Sail Vicarious.
Here are the questions and very brief answers from Kathleen.
What (if anything) do you wish someone had told you before you started cruising? That is is as difficult as an outward bound course and it will test the bonds of love in a relationship, even the strongest!!
Is there a place you visited wish you could have stayed longer? Big Sand Key, Turks and Caicos.
Tell me your favorite thing about your boat. It is verrrrrrrry tough. Much tougher than I!
Tell me your least favorite thing about your boat. Not enough storage space for a year of provisioning!
How often have you faced bad weather in your cruising? How bad? In the Gulf of Maine skirting hurricanes and then going to windward through the Bahamas, the DR, Mona Passage and PR we faced a lot of uncomfortable seas, BUT it was all under a schedule!!! It is like everyone says, a schedule is the only dangerous thing when cruising! 10-12 ft seas, confused with 20 knot winds were the worst and I hope that is as bad as it gets. I know people face 25 ft seas, but I'm not ready for that!
What do you dislike about cruising that surprised you? The bug bites!
What is something that you were dreading about cruising when you were dreaming, that is as bad or worse than imagined? The bugs!
Is there something from your land life that you weren't sure about bringing and are very happy about having brought now? I am so glad I kept some nice clothes, I like to look nice and not look like a cruiser. It makes me look less like a tourist!
When have you felt most in danger and what was the source? During rough passages, but now that I am safely out of them and have more experience I think it was just in my own mind!
Share a piece of cruising etiquette. ALWAYS say "hello and how are you" in the language of whatever country you are in. You never know if the guy leaning back in the chair with a tee shirt on is the customs guy who needs to check you in and give you all the days you want! Make it a habit to ask everyone!!