Mary Robbins offers her Nine Steps to Staying Healthy:
Kathy Perkins advocates for evacuation insurance: We carry Med Jet Assist, medical evacuation insurance. There are other providers. Medical transport home from Northern Canada and Alaska is extremely expensive. Our policy covers us when traveling worldwide. When I worked on the cruise ships I saw people caught unprepared with unbelievable bills for medical transport.”
Joanne Wilshin also created a list:
Many members partially rely on their pets to help them stay healthy. Rich Haynie: “We eat healthily and walk Oscar and Sophie wherever possible. To keep active, we crab and fish whenever we have the opportunity.”
Some attribute the routine that pets require to their enhanced health while cruising. Dennis Thornton: “We take McDuff for walks three times a day, using the skiff. We also have regular cocktail hours. Seems we are more active and busy while on the boat compared to when we’re home.”
Fred Kaufhold gives the perfect explanation for this: Just being out cruising on a small boat is a healthy lifestyle. We enjoy plentiful fresh air, eat fresh fish more often and every simple chore takes much more energy. When at anchor, we don't just step out the door to walk the dog - it's more like launch the dinghy, mount the outboard, load safety equipment, lift/carry the dog to the dinghy, row/motor ashore, pull the dinghy up on the beach or set the anchor buddy and shore anchor, walk the dog and then do it all in reverse. The point is, that cruising in itself is conducive to getting exercise and staying healthy. Besides dinghy trips, there are opportunities to kayak, hike ashore and, if on a sailboat, a lot of strings to pull. As my sea daddy once told me, ‘The good Lord does not deduct from our allotted time the hours spent boating.’
What rings true for everyone, though, is the importance of remaining active and eating healthily.
Bonnie Nutter: I stay healthy and fit on the boat when we travel for several months at a time by doing a couple of things. I work out daily, and I’m very careful about the food we have on board. My exercise plan consists of falling out of bed and heading directly to the fly bridge to work out for thirty minutes. If I get coffee before I work out, I come up with a million reasons why I shouldn’t work out. Did I mention I do not like working out? I do listen to books on tape which helps the workout go by faster. We also try to kayak as often as possible to vary our workouts. While on land we walk everywhere. I also try to keep our meals as balanced as possible. A lot of fish, veggies, and fruit. We try not to have processed sugar on board. I really watch what I drink (too many empty calories). I try to cook like we do at home. We don’t treat our cruising as a vacation, if we did that I would have no ability to control my weight because I would make excuses that eating that rich dessert because it was “vacation”. We live on our boat 3-4 months each summer, so I can’t eat like I’m on vacation for that length of time.
Eric Muller: Good diet and exercise are ongoing considerations. Other things to keep up with are hydration and exposure. Wind and sun take their toll. Keep up with a regular stream of fluids through the day and be sure to use sun screen and lotions to protect from UV as well as overall skin dryness. Wear sunglasses for eye protection from reflection off the water, and a wide brimmed hat to protect the face and ears. Wool clothing is second to none for body heat retention when exposed to wet conditions. Always have a change of clothing available in case one of the crew ends up getting soaking wet. Also, graciously excuse yourself if you find yourself with a couple or group that has an individual with a "cold" or other sign of a contagious condition.
Hope this helps you plan for your next cruising adventure! What new item or practice do you think you’ll add to your cruising lifestyle?
Fidalgo Yacht Club in Anacortes, WA, is a cruising club with a wealth of know-ledge about all aspects of boating in the Inside Passage. We love sharing our knowledge with others drawn to cruising our common waters. Know-ledge increases safety and reduces stress, both of which add to overall enjoyment. A quarter of our membership has made the trek from Anacortes to SE Alaska, often multiple times. Half of us have cruised north of Cape Caution, and almost all of us have cruised the Broughtons. All these cruises were either solo or in small groups.
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- Encourage knowledge, use, and appreciation of the marine recreational advantages of the PNW.
- Engage in social and recreational activities.
- Promote safety at sea and good seamanship.
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