Top 10 signs it’s time to leave the island

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.

9 Responses to Top 10 signs it’s time to leave the island

  1. Tillerman May 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Love it!

  2. Sirpa Kaajakari May 6, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    Lol! I will keep this advice in mind! Safe travels!

  3. chris temp May 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    At one time many years ago we would build bare boats, Yachts with nothing inside at all and sail them up that way for a teak fit out, registering the vessel in Australia first of coarse

  4. Andrew, Bridget, Walker, and Josie May 7, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    What about: google earth shows your boat is “still” there.

  5. Lynn May 8, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Rick and I laughed out loud when we read the list. It’s a little scary to see how many applied to us. Time to cut the dock lines and go!

  6. Angela May 10, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    The current Google Earth photo of Langkawi is from 2/23/2014… were you guys anchored there then?

    • Behan Gifford May 10, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      Angela, that’s just a few days after we arrived- and yes I think I see Totem in the picture! Ha!!

  7. Rohit May 10, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    love reading about your life! btw, your sail feed link is broken…

  8. steflea May 11, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Your explanations and images ditch my help.
    I want to make a e-book about how to build a boat with vele.Barca we built in 1977, but we did not have a camera handy, so I am inspired by your pictures. I hope you do not mind. Thanks

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