Sea fairing vessels have long offered those inclined the allure of freedom to travel, to explore faraway lands by the greatest marvel of all, the sea. Boats, ships, or yachts or for those with the means and sensibility, a dingy are a few of the many variants of craft in which some like to enjoy the water, water sports, and the outdoor, sea-going lifestyle.
For this episode of Costa del Cali, we will try and enlighten you dear reader about the differences between the Californian and Andalucian boat world and those who prefer the warmer temperatures of the Mediterranean Sea vs. Pacific Ocean. This should be 1-0 to Costa, the temperature of the Pacific is no picnic summer or winter. Alas, no.
Before we head into this battle of boats, I feel that it is only fair to confess and offer up my lack of sympathy and half-hearted interest at best for the sheer stupidity one endures from owning an entity that tries at all costs to make one suffer. I have had the displeasure and ongoing recurring nightmare of my brief encounter with the sea as a boat owner.
The adage “there’s only two happy days in boat ownership” is undoubtedly true. This is all with the caveat of “in my opinion”. When you buy a boat, you think you’ve found nirvana, that “normal” folk are yet to uncover this secret. That you, you are special, and that this purchase will enlighten and further your life beyond measure.
Then, when you sell the boat, you are so relieved of the financial pain, the emotional drain, and the pure lack of interest in the sea, you immediately wipe your memory of the catastrophic and disastrous emotional roller-coasting experience. Finding solace in your newfound freedom to look at land as safety and normality. A sort of face-off, Vanity vs. sanity.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get to our Costa V Cali Boating Edition head-to-head.